One of the 3 deputies shot in a Motel 6 parking lot has died and identified as County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver.
The gunman also shot one other deputy and one civilian, according to the Redding Record Searchlight. Oliver, 47, is a 15-year veteran of the Sacramento force and is survived by a wife and two daughters. The home where the gunman is allegedly hiding is the latest focal point in the search for the gunman, and the homeowner has given authorities a description of the home’s floor plan, according to scanner traffic.
The 3 deputies shot are still being hospitalized and their condition is unknown. A civilian victim was shot in the head when he refused to surrender his car to the alleged gunman. His condition is also unknown. A pair of helicopters are circling the house with the suspected gunman man inside.
The law enforcement presence on the winding roads near the standoff is profound. CHP officers carrying automatic rifles stand roadside. A SWAT team is in the neighborhood and armed police are checking the car trunks of passing motorists before allow them to drive through. Authorities also are preparing to evacuate nearby Placer High School, which has been locked down.
The suspect, described as a Hispanic man in his 30s, stole three cars as he scaled two counties in Sacramento with a female accomplice. His companion who had a handgun in her purse is now in custody. At least five shots were fired at one officer, according to the Daily Mail.
“According to the sheriff’s department, he shot dead his first victim in the parking lot of a motel at 10.27am local time as he made off with his first stolen vehicle in Carmichael county … He then drove nine minutes south and carjacked another car - shooting the driver who refused to give up his keys.”
While the 3 deputies shot are in the hospital, police are circling the home where it is near a heavily wooded area. It’s possible the suspect may have fled into the forest. Scanner traffic also indicates that a police sniper in the area has spotted a body lying behind a pickup truck in the area but that the identity is unknown.
Schools throughout the region have been in and out of lockdown throughout the day as the shootings unfolded. Officials confirmed that the same man is suspected in all the shootings. The reports came as law enforcement agencies from throughout the region raced to different shooting scenes in search of the guman, who was believed to be armed with a rifle and a pistol.
Steven Morris witnessed the initial minutes of confusion following the shooting in Auburn. He was at a city park not far from the fairground when authorities ordered a lockdown of the area where the Sacramento officers were shot. Morris said he saw dozens of officers with assault rifles, guns drawn, standing on the beds of pickup trucks circling downtown Auburn.
“I’ve only seen that in Mexico … No one knew what was going on.”
The 3 deputies shot has prompted neighbors to stay inside with their doors locked. Hazel Haase, who lives near the suspect’s home, said heavily-armed officers came into her yard a little after 1 p.m. She said the officers had their guns drawn and appeared to be searching the nearby canyon that leads down to the north fork of the American River.
Bowman said the vehicle originally used by the suspect in the Sacramento deputy’s shooting has been recovered and authorities are seeking information on his identity and background. One witness at the Motel 6 in Sacramento, site of the first shooting, said she heard multiple shots fired and later saw the deputy sprawled on the parking lot not moving. The witness, Tomorrow Jones, said she spent the night at the motel to celebrate her anniversary and that her family and baby were still in the second-floor room.
The 3 deputies shot prompted emergency crews to perform chest compression, KSBW-TV 8 Salinas notes. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is asking witnesses to call 916-874-9022 if they have any information about the Arden Way shooting.