Detective Michael Davis was shot and killed on October 24, 2014 while taking part in a massive manhunt for the murderer of Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. The subject who murdered Deputy Oliver, assisted by a female accomplice, carjacked a vehicle and fled up I-80 after killing Deputy Oliver. They exited the highway in Auburn, before stopping on the side of the road off of Maidu Drive. Investigator Davis and his partner spotted the vehicle and began to approach it when the male subject opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, striking both officers. Both officers were transported to a local hospital where Detective Davis succumbed to his wounds. The female subject was arrested at the scene while the male subject fled into a residential area. He was taken into custody several hours later. Detective Davis had served with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department for 15 years. Detective Davis’ father, Investigator Michael Davis Sr., was killed in the line of duty on October 24, 1988, while serving with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Their line of duty deaths occurred exactly 26 years apart to the day.
Reserve Deputy Timothy Ruggles was killed in an automobile accident on Laird Road on February 9, 1986 while he and his partner responded to backup a deputy who had spotted a burglary suspect. The deputy was flown to University Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries approximately 90 minutes later. Reserve Deputy Ruggles had served with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department for only 11 months. He is survived by his parents.
Deputy Sheriff James Machado was shot and killed with his own service weapon during a struggle with a mental patient on July 13, 1978. The subject was located a short time later walking along Highway 80. As other officers approached him he attempted to shoot them with Deputy Machado’s weapon. The officers shot and killed the suspect. Deputy Machado had served with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Deputy Arden Webster was struck and killed by a tractor trailer while making a traffic stop on a freeway on July 14, 1965. Deputy Webster had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, three sons, and two daughters.
Deputy Richard Sheppard was killed in an automobile accident while involved in a vehicle pursuit of a stolen car on September 6, 1955. Deputy Sheppard had served with the agency for 1 year. He was survived by his daughter.
Deputy Sheriff Charles Carter was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a robbery suspect on January 1, 1953. He was driving on Cavitt Stallman Road when he lost control of his vehicle. He died a short time later at Roseville District Hospital. He was survived by his wife and was a veteran of World War I. Deputy Carter had previously served with the United States Army in World War I. He was survived by his wife.
Sheriff William Elam was killed in an automobile accident in the North Lake Tahoe area of the county on October 1, 1951. He was conducting official business when his vehicle left the roadway and plummeted down a 100-foot embankment. Sheriff Elam had been elected sheriff only 10 months earlier. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Deputy Frank Dependener was killed in an automobile accident while on patrol on February 20, 1928. Another deputy was seriously injured in the accident. Deputy Dependener had been with the Placer County Sheriff’s Department for 37 years. He was survived by his two children.
Deputy Martin was shot and killed while he and two other deputies attempted to arrest two escapees near Auburn on July 11, 1859. One of the escapees was also wounded in the shootout and later committed suicide.