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Exactly 26 Years After Officer Died, Tragedy Strikes Family Again

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A Northern California deputy sheriff was killed in the line of duty 26 years to the day that his deputy sheriff father died.

Placer County Sheriff Michael Davis Jr., 42, was shot to death when a 34-year-old man went on a shooting spree in the Sacramento area. The gunman also killed a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy and wounded two others, Davis’ partner and a 38-year-old civilian.

Davis’ death occurred exactly 26 years after his deputy sheriff father was killed in a helicopter crash during a pursuit of drug smugglers, reports Fox News.

“I looked at my calendar and said, ‘Oh, God,’" Rick Kotholow, a retired Riverside County deputy sheriff told The Press Enterprise.

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Kotholow was close friends with Davis Sr., having worked together in Palm Desert, and he was the one that told Davis’ wife 26 years ago about the helicopter crash that claimed her husband’s life.

Davis Jr., age 16 at the time, opened the door when Kotholow came to tell his mother of their loss.

The alleged gunman, Marcelo Marquez, 34, was arrested after police found him hiding in a home in Auburn during a manhunt.

"I think there's those people who would say, 'You know what, I wish you'd killed him,'" Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner said at a news conference. "Now, that's not who we are. We are not him. We did our job."

Marquez has been questioned by investigators while in custody, but it is unclear when he will be formally booked and charges made against him.

The flags at the California state capital were flown at half-staff to honor the death of Davis Jr. and his comrades.

California Governor Jerry Brown issued a statement regarding the events.

Their "brutal murders," Brown said, "...are a tragic reminder of the sacrifices we demand of our peace officers and the incredible courage they display as they protect our communities."

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