A man suspected of shooting dead two California law-enforcement officials on Friday had been deported from the United States on two previous occasions, authorities have revealed.
The suspected gunman identified himself to authorities as Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City. His fingerprints and biometric records however, matched those of a Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte in a federal database, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, spokeswoman told the Associated Press.
Monroy-Bracamonte was deported in 1997 after being convicted of possessing narcotics for sale in Arizona, and again for an unspecified reason in 2001.
ICE spokesperson Virginia Kice told the Sacramento Bee that said the agency had filed an immigration detainer against Monroy-Bracamonte, asking that he be turned over to federal authorities if and when he is released by local law enforcement, so that they can begin deportation proceedings against him.
Monroy-Bracamonte and his wife were arrested Friday, after a shooting spree that spanned 30 miles and two California counties.
Authorities allege that Monroy-Bracamonte shot Sacramento Country Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver in the head, killing him, as the deputy examined a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Sacramento Motel 6. A bystander was also wounded in the incident.
Monroy-Bracamonte and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, then stole a car and fled to Pacer County, where they are alleged to have shot two Pacer county law enforcement officials, killing Sheriff’s Det. Michael David Davis Jr, 42, according to a report from NBC News.
The other Pacer deputy, Jeff Davis, a 17-year veteran of the force, was wounded in the arm. He was released after treatment at a hospital, according to a CBS report.
Monroy-Bracamonte faces two counts of murder and one of attempted murder and carjacking charges. His wife, who was with Monroy-Bracamonte for much of Friday's shooting spree, has been booked on attempted murder and carjacking charges.