Suspect in California police murder case had avoided deportation

Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, the man accused of a shooting rampage in California that killed two sheriff’s deputies had a previous conviction in Arizona and had…

The man police say murdered two California sheriff’s deputies in this scene, Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes, had reportedly avoided deportation. .(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, the man accused of a shooting rampage in California that killed two sheriff’s deputies had a previous conviction in Arizona and had been deported twice to Mexico after living illegally in the United States.

Monday investigators were trying to piece together why Monroy-Bracamonte had avoided scrutiny, even though he should have been flagged from expulsion from the United States. Police found him living quietly with his wife in Salt Lake City, Utah after the two officers of the law were murdered.

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Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones told “The Sacramento Bee” on Sunday that Monroy-Bracamonte may have lived under multiple names and may have been arrested previously while using those other names. It begs the question of whether the immigration system that is often quick to deport immigrants who don’t have a criminal record failed to detect and pursue someone who may be a hardened convict.

Luis Enrique Bracamonte Monroy is a suspected cop killer.

Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte is an undocumented migrant, who had been arrested before in Arizona. (Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)

“We’re not convinced we have a full picture of his identity,” Jones told “The Bee.” “Immigration has come up with one identity. We are not entirely convinced that is his only identity.”

According to the Associated Press the man police arrested had identified himself as 34-year-old Marcelo Marquez of Salt Lake City. However his fingerprints were a match to Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte in a federal database.

According to immigration sources interviewed, the Mexican national had been first deported in 1997 after a conviction of possession of drugs for sale in Arizona. He was again arrested and repatriated to Mexico in 2001.

Mauro Marquez, his father-in-law, told the Los Angeles Time that he had always known the suspect as Luis Monroy and said his son-in-law worked as a house painter—he confirmed that the couple married about 14 years ago in Arizona and then moved to Utah a couple of years later.

Also involved in the shooting, police say, is Janelle Marquez Monroy, his 38-year-old wife. She was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and carjacking on Friday. Police accuse her of being with her husband during most of the crime spree that started with Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was shot in the forehead as he checked out as suspicious car in a motel parking lot.

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The couple is accused of leading authorities on a six-hour chase that included two carjackings before their capture. One motorist who resisted surrendering his car keys was shot in the face. Two deputies who approached the couple on a road were shot with an AR-15-type assault weapon, police said. Homicide Detective Michael David Davis Jr., 42, died at a hospital.