Auburn, CA - Just Disclosed - Two Deputies That Were Killed In Sacramento And Auburn Had Stolen A Patrol Car

May 27, 2015

A man accused of killing two sheriff's deputies in Sacramento and Auburn last fall stole a patrol car during his attempt to elude authorities, according to the Placer County sheriff.

Sheriff Edward Bonner confirmed the new information Wednesday, following a ceremony to dedicate a memorial for one of those slain deputies, Detective Michael Davis, Jr.

"With the case under litigation, I don't want to talk about it. But that is correct," Bonner told KCRA 3.

Bonner said when Davis and other deputies rolled up on the stolen patrol car at the end of Riverview Drive, they had no idea that the suspect was at the wheel.
"It's part of the stars being aligned in an incredibly bad way that day," said Bonner.

That day was Oct. 24, 2014.

According to investigators, Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, had already killed Sacramento Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver in a hotel parking lot near Cal Expo.

Investigators say the couple then wounded another man, stole a Ford F-150 pickup and fled to Auburn.

Another deputy stopped the pickup on Riverview Drive near the eastern intersection with Maidu Drive.

Until now, it was not clear how Bracamontes had traveled a quarter-mile to the spot where Davis was shot and killed.

Neighbors had already set up a temporary monument under a large oak tree in the middle of a cul-de-sac but said they wanted something permanent to remember Davis' sacrifice.

"It was only appropriate that those of us who live here remember him for protecting this area," said resident Hank Gonzales, who led the effort.

Gonzales said the $900 plaque, the marble stone to which it is attached and the surrounding landscaping were all donated by neighbors and local businesses.

"Throughout this catastrophic loss, we never forgot how blessed we are," said Bonner during the ceremony.

Davis' mother, widow and brother were among family members who attended the dedication.

Debbie McMahon, his mother, said she is grateful and is still waiting to learn the whole story about her son's final minutes.

"When the trial starts, I'll go and I'll listen and hear all the details then," said McMahon.

During a hearing in February, Bracamontes shouted in court that he was guilty and wanted the death penalty.

However, the judge did not accept that as a formal plea.

If convicted, Bracamontes faces a possible death penalty, but Marquez Monroy does not.

The couple's next hearing is scheduled for Friday.