Suspect in killing of 2 deputies was in U.S. illegally

The suspect in the slaying of two lawmen Friday in Northern California had twice been deported, but authorities said a motive is still unclear in the shooting rampage.

Authorities said 34-year-old Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamonte was the shooter. He was booked on charges of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. Authorities said that his weapons included an AR-15-type assault rifle.

Monroy, who is in the country illegally, was deported to Mexico in 1997 after his arrest and conviction in Arizona for possession of narcotics for sale, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He was arrested and sent back to Mexico a second time in 2001.

He was booked Saturday as Marcelo Marquez, the name that he gave police and that appeared on an identification card. But immigration officials said that was an alias.


His wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38, was booked on attempted murder and carjacking charges. Authorities say she accompanied her husband for much of Friday’s six-hour rampage.

Both suspects were being held without bail in Sacramento County Jail.

The assaults began when Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, who was on patrol with his partner, noticed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Motel 6 and went to check on it. Officials said Monroy fired from the car, striking Oliver, a 47-year-old father of two, in the forehead. He was later pronounced dead.

The couple fled and tried to carjack a motorist about a mile away, authorities said. When the driver, identified as Anthony Holmes, refused to turn over his keys, he was shot in the head.

The couple eventually took another stolen car to Auburn, where they were confronted by Placer County sheriff’s Det. Michael David Davis Jr. and Deputy Jeff Davis. Authorities say Luis Monroy shot both men. Jeff Davis was wounded in the arm and Michael Davis, 42, later died.

Authorities say Luis Monroy ran from the scene and was later arrested in a residence.