SACRAMENTO — Two California Highway Patrol officers and one Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy were shot Wednesday at a Sacramento motel.
The Sheriff’s deputy has been identified as Bob French and unfortunately was killed. French, 52, was a 21-year veteran with the department. Sheriff Scott Jones said French is survived by his children, grandchildren and his live-in girlfriend.
Deputy Robert French, a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, was killed.
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tony Turnbull said all three officers were part of a task force investigating a stolen vehicle case and had come across the missing car in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn, Fox News reported.
Turnbull said two women in the stolen vehicle led the officers on a chase that ended in suburban Elk Grove, where they were arrested. When the officers went back to the Ramada Inn and knocked on the door to one of the rooms, Turnbull said a male suspect opened fire on them with a “high-powered rifle,” injuring the two CHP officers.
The man then ran out onto the balcony, where he traded fire with sheriff’s deputies and injured one of them. The suspect then led police on a brief chase before he was injured in another exchange of gunfire and taken into custody.
Dozens of police cars and hundreds of armed officers have surrounded the hotel, where authorities said there may be two more suspects inside.
Jeff Marshall, who lives near the hotel, said he heard gunshots and then tires squealing and saw a grey Dodge Charger speed by his home, going the wrong way down a busy street.
Marshall estimated he heard 12 shots.
“It was like the wild West,” Marshall said.
The two CHP officers are expected to recover.
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A helicopter above the scene was warning neighbors to lock doors and stay inside.
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El Camino High School and Arcade Middle School both sheltered in place for a short time. Students at El Camino High School were dismissed on the Eastern Avenue side of campus, not the El Camino Avenue side, as there was still an active scene.
The task force the officers belong to is known as the Sacramento County Auto Theft Suppression Task Force, or SACCAT. It’s managed by the California Highway Patrol, and made up of officers from the CHP, the Sheriff’s Department and the county Probation Department.
They conduct street level vehicle theft enforcement and investigate chop shops and theft rings. SACCAT is partially funded by DMV registration fees.
This is a developing story.
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