SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A California sheriff’s deputy, Robert French, has reportedly been killed and two others injured when a gunman opened fire at them at a Sacramento hotel. Police and other agencies have reportedly surrounded the hotel as they searched the area for the suspect.
Later three people were taken into custody. Those arrested also include the alleged shooter who shot and killed a sheriff’s deputy using an assault rifle. Officials claim that the three people were arrested following a chase in a stolen car that led to the hotel. There are reasons to believe that the suspected may still be inside a hotel room where the shots were fired.
While speaking about the incident Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said, “It was an extremely dynamic, horrific series of events that occurred and maybe will continue to occur”.
The sheriff’s deputy who was killed in the shooting has been identified as Robert French, a 21-year veteran. The veteran was a training officer passed away while being taken to hospital. He had suffered gunshot wounds in his chest.
Meanwhile, while talking about the chain of events, officials claim that the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Auto Theft Task Force was trying to locate a stolen vehicle around 8 a.m. in the area of Fulton Avenue and Auburn Boulevard when they saw two women get into a stolen vehicle.
Officials followed the vehicle down to Elk Grove, where the two women were detained, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Turnbull. Later, more officers were deputed to the Ramada Inn in the 2600 block of Auburn Boulevard to serve a search warrant connected to the auto theft. The officers knocked on the door and announced themselves, when a man inside opened fire, shooting two CHP officers through the door, Turnbull said.
It was at Ramada Inn, where the suspect opened fire with his high-powered rifle from the balcony of a room, hitting 52-year-old French, Turnbull said.
Scott Jones described French, 52, as a “well-known, well-respected training officer” assigned to patrol the county’s northern areas. He was a “go-to guy for advice and counsel, not just career advice but tactical advice and things like that,” Jones said. French is survived by his live-in girlfriend, adult children and grandchildren, and a sister.