CA Suspect in Deputy Shootings Was Twice Deported

A man suspected of killing two California sheriff’s deputies in a shooting rampage is an illegal alien who had been deported back to Mexico twice previously.


Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte was convicted on a drug charge in 1997 and sent back to Mexico. He was picked up in 2001 and deported again.

Bracamonte and his wife are being held without bail on numerous charges, including two counts of murder and attempted murder. The charges stem from a chaotic chase that began when Barcamonte gunned down a deputy in the parking lot of a motel outside of Sacramento and ended six hours later when the suspect was found in a house 30 miles away.

From the Associated Press:

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said that the fingerprints of the suspected shooter match those of a man named Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte. Monroy-Bracamonte was initially deported to Mexico in 1997 after being convicted of drug possession in Arizona. Four years later, he was arrested and deported again for an unspecified offense.

“The fingerprints were the basis for our request for an immigration detainer,” ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice told The Associated Press. The detainer requests that local authorities transfer him to federal custody after his case is adjudicated so ICE can purse his deportation, Kice said.

The suspect initially identified himself as Marcelo Marquez, 34, of Salt Lake City. He is charged with two counts each of murder, attempted murder and carjacking. The suspect’s wife, Janelle Marquez-Monroy, was also arrested Friday and charged with carjacking and attempted murder.

Investigators spent Saturday at the multiple crime scenes “trying to kind of sort through the chaos so we can methodically rebuild this,” Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said.

The shootings began when Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was shot in the forehead with an assault rifle at close range as he checked out a suspicious car in a motel parking lot.

The suspects have talked to investigators, Bonner said, but what sparked the shootings remained unclear.

“‘Why,’ I guess, will remain a question for a long time,” he said. “Why was his reaction so violent?”

It was also unclear what brought the heavily armed suspects from Utah to California, Bonner said. There were no indications they had been sought by authorities.


Why was his reaction so violent? Could be…I don’t know, just guessing…maybe he didn’t want to get deported again?

As a morality tale, the obvious lesson about closing the border to illegals won’t register with those who matter. Mr. Bracamonte, you see, is the real victim here. If he had been allowed to stay in the U.S. back in 1997 after his drug conviction, or been allowed to remain after he was caught and deported again in 2001, he wouldn’t have been frightened about being captured and sent back to Mexico.

That’s the line taken by some in the open-borders crowd who think we’re being mean to the world’s criminals by not allowing them to waltz over the border and ply their violent trade on unsuspecting Americans. After all, we’re all citizens of the world and borders don’t mean anything to these “migrants” who only want to come here to work — or not. Failing to find a job, there’s always the generosity of the American people who like nothing better than paying taxes to support those illegal aliens who are too unskilled, unschooled, or unfamiliar with the ways of a dynamic economy to make a go of it in this country.

This was a needless tragedy compounded by the certainty that there are other Bracamontes out there who will shock us with more carnage in the future.



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