SACRAMENTO, Calif. (PIX11) — A 42-year-old Sacramento County deputy died in the line of duty Friday on the 26th anniversary of his father’s death, a Riverside County deputy who also died in the line of duty, KTXL reported.
Deputy Michael David Davis Jr. and his partner were investigating a suspicious vehicle in connection to an earlier deadly shooting of another Sacramento County deputy.
The suspect, 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez, is accused of shooting a deputy before fleeing in a stolen Ford F-150 truck. When Davis Jr. and his partner approached the vehicle, Marquez allegedly opened fire on the officers.
Davis Jr. was shot and killed. His partner was shot in the arm and is recovering at home, police said. Davis Jr. is survived by his wife and four children. He would have celebrated his 43rd birthday Wednesday.
Marquez and a female suspect were taken into custody after a lengthy manhunt through Sacramento and Placer counties.
“I think there’s those people who would say, ‘Well, you know what? I wish you had killed him,’” Sheriff Edward Bonner told KTXL. “Nah. That’s not who we are. We are not him. We did our job. I’m incredibly proud of the men and women who go out there every day and put their life on the line.”
Davis Jr.’s father, Deputy Michael David Davis, died when his helicopter crashed during a narcotics task force operation on Oct. 24, 1988–exactly 26 years before his son would face a similar fate.