Deputy Killed 26 Years to the Day His Father Was

Both deputies died in the line of duty
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2014 12:59 PM CDT
Deputy Killed 26 Years to the Day His Father Was
Placer County Sheriff's Det. Michael David Davis Jr.   (AP Photo/Placer County Sheriff's Dept.)

The one-man rampage yesterday that left two California deputies dead has a sad side note: One of the deputies was killed 26 years to the day that his father, also a deputy, died in the line of duty, reports the Los Angeles Times. Placer County detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42, was shot to death as he approached a vehicle with a wanted suspect inside. His father, also named Michael David Davis, was killed during a drug investigation in a helicopter accident in 1988. A fellow Placer County deputy also got shot along with the younger Davis, but he was treated and released.

The other deputy killed yesterday was Danny Oliver, 47, from Sacramento County, who was shot hours earlier when he approached a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot, reports the Sacramento Bee. Oliver's shooting set off a furious manhunt that involved at least two carjackings. It ended when Marcelo Marquez, 34, surrendered in Auburn, along with a woman believed to be his wife. Police say a motorist who tried to stop Marquez from stealing his car was shot in the head and is in serious condition. It was a "perfect storm" of violence, says Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. And “If the suspect is willing to shoot an officer—unprovoked—then no one is safe.” (Read more California stories.)

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