Shooting rampage leaves 2 California deputies dead

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The scene in Sacramento, where one deputy was shot on Oct. 24, 2014. (Credit: KTXL)

The scene in Sacramento, where one deputy was shot on Oct. 24, 2014. (Credit: KTXL)

(CNN) — Two California sheriff’s deputies were killed in a shooting rampage in two counties that began Friday morning when one deputy was shot in the forehead while confronting a suspicious vehicle, authorities said.

The first officer was Sacramento County Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, who with his partner engaged the male and female suspects in a Motel 6 parking lot in Sacramento on Friday morning, said Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones.

The suspects fired several rounds, and Oliver wasn’t able to return fire, though his partner did as the suspects fled the scene shortly before 10:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m. ET), Jones said.

Oliver was a 15-year officer with a wife and two daughters, Jones said.

The suspects fled to nearby Placer County, where two deputies were shot, authorities said.

One of them later died, the California Highway Patrol said on Twitter.

 Oliver, 47, was a 15-year officer and is survived by his wife and two daughters, the sheriff said.

The male suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30s with a short buzz haircut and wearing a checkered shirt with a blood-stained white T-shirt, according to the patrol and sheriff’s office. He may be in possession of a 9mm semi-automatic handgun and a .223-caliber rifle, the patrol said.

The female suspect was described as Hispanic in her 20s with blonde hair, the sheriff’s office said.

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