SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California sheriff’s deputy was fatally shot in the forehead Friday morning when he and a partner confronted a motorist parked in a suspicious vehicle in a motel parking lot, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said.
Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was a 15-year officer and is survived by a wife and two daughters, the sheriff said.
Oliver’s partner returned fire as the suspects fled the scene shortly before 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET), Jones said.
The suspects, a man and a woman, went to a nearby neighborhood and tried to carjack a vehicle, wounding a motorist with gunfire, Jones said.
The motorist’s condition wasn’t immediately known, Jones said. The motorist fought the carjacking, and “by his falling back (into his car), that could explain why the suspect was unable to carjack that vehicle,” the sheriff said.
The suspects are believed to have fled to nearby Placer County after successfully carjacking a subsequent vehicle, a red Ford F-150, Jones said. Police received a tip that the suspects changed their clothes, Jones said.
Two officers in Placer County were shot during the apparent rampage, the highway patrol said on its Twitter account.
“This person is willing to make the most egregious acts of homicide to make his escape,” the sheriff said. “It still continues to be dangerous to this moment.”
Oliver was shot at “relatively close range as they were approaching the vehicle, and he was not able to return fire or anything,” Jones said. Oliver’s partner did return fire and doesn’t know whether he hit the suspect, Jones said.
“We don’t know what the motive is,” Jones said.
The male suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s with a short buzz haircut and wearing a checkered shirt with a blood-stained white T-shirt, according to the patrol and sheriff’s office. He may be in possession of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a .223-caliber rifle, the patrol said.
The female suspect was described as Hispanic in her 20s with blonde hair, the sheriff’s office said.
The deputy and carjacking victim were taken to UC Davis Medical Center for treatment. Their conditions are not known at this time.
The suspects made their way to Ancil Hoffman Park in Carmichael in the Ford F-150, and according to investigators, changed clothes once there. They then headed up to Auburn.
Along Maidu Drive in Auburn, two Placer County Sheriff’s deputies approached the truck. The suspect reportedly shot both deputies, and took off.
The female suspect was taken into custody, the man took off running and is now hiding inside a home.