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Widow of slain sheriff’s deputy to attend Obama speech

Peace officers watch a video honoring Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver, one of two peace officers killed in an Oct. 24 rampage through Sacramento and Placer counties during a memorial service at Adventure Christian Church on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in Roseville, Calif.
Peace officers watch a video honoring Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver, one of two peace officers killed in an Oct. 24 rampage through Sacramento and Placer counties during a memorial service at Adventure Christian Church on Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 in Roseville, Calif. rpench@sacbee.com

Susan Oliver, the widow of the Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy killed in a rampage last fall, will be among those in attendance at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. The invitation was made by Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove.

Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver, 47, was shot and killed Oct. 24, allegedly by Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes, at a Motel 6 parking lot near Arden Way. The 15-year department veteran was remembered as a community leader and for his service in problem-oriented policing.

“Sheriff Deputy Oliver is a true hero who was devoted to both his community and his family,” Bera said Thursday. “Our law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to protect us and Deputy Oliver paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Sacramento County. We will be forever indebted to him and his loved ones.”

The violent, two-county spree also claimed the life of Placer County Sheriff's Detective Michael David Davis Jr. After the shooting, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones took to YouTube to urge Obama to lead a charge for “meaningful immigration reform.”

Jones told The Bee at the time that the need for an overhaul was not just to protect Americans but also to ensure the safety of undocumented people.

The next day, Obama issued an executive order offering temporary legal status to unauthorized immigrants and shielding them from deportation.

Susan Oliver will start a foundation in Danny Oliver’s memory that will help law enforcement officers and the community, Bera said.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story included an alias used by Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamontes. It has been removed.

Call Christopher Cadelago, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5538. Follow him on Twitter @ccadelago.

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