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Sheriff's deputy is killed and two CHP officers are wounded in shooting in Sacramento County
By Veronica Rocha | LA Times | August 30, 2017, 8:30PM ET


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A sheriff’s deputy was killed and two California Highway Patrol officers wounded Wednesday during a stolen vehicle investigation in Sacramento County, authorities said.

Robert “Bob” French, a 21-year veteran with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, suffered a gunshot wound and died on the way to the hospital, Sheriff Scott Jones told reporters at the scene.

The investigation began Wednesday morning when members of Sacramento County Auto Theft Suppression Task Force spotted a stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn on Auburn Boulevard, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said.

They saw two women enter the vehicle and drive off, he said. The women led authorities on a brief pursuit that ended in Elk Grove, about 16 miles south of Sacramento.

During the investigation, Turnbull said, authorities discovered the women were staying at the hotel, so the CHP officers went to their room to conduct a probation search.

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Suspect in killing of California deputy has violent past
By Kathleen Ronayne, Paul Elias-AP | ABC News | August 31, 2017, 9:27 PM ET


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Thomas Daniel Littlecloud (Courtesy: KRON4 affiliate KTXL), Priscilla Prendez (Courtesy:
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The suspect in a hotel shootout that killed a California sheriff's deputy and wounded two CHP officers was wanted by federal authorities and has a long and violent criminal history, according to court records.

Thomas Daniel Littlecloud, 32, was in critical condition Thursday at a hospital with life-threatening injuries after the shootout a day before, Sacramento County sheriff's Sgt. Tony Turnbull said.

Littlecloud had been sentenced to California prisons on four separate occasions since 2004 for assault with a semi-automatic weapon, grand theft and evading a police officer.

Federal court records also show a judge ordered his arrest for twice failing to show up in court in July after agreeing to a plea deal to resolve a drug, gun and identity theft case.

Turnbull said Littlecloud used a high-powered rifle Wednesday to shoot through a closed door and wall and injure the two California Highway Patrol officers who were demanding to enter his hotel room. Littlecloud then went to the room's balcony and fatally shot Deputy Robert French before jumping to the parking lot and speeding away in a stolen car. Police caught up to Littlecloud a short distance away and arrested him after a brief shootout, Turnbull said.

The violence started after police went to the hotel to investigate a car theft ring and spotted two women drive away in a stolen vehicle. Officers arrested the two women after a high-speed pursuit. One was on probation.
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Priscilla Prendez, 23, of Oakland faces charges of vehicle theft and felony evasion in connection with Wednesday's events, which began as part of a routine stolen vehicle investigation.

She and another woman who were believed to be in a stolen vehicle were chased for 20 miles (32 kilometers) before being apprehended. Arresting officers learned Prendez was on probation and had booked a room in the hotel.

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Thank you, Rumpole, for making this thread for me to update, but the shooter has died. :cool

Bay Area man suspected of fatally shooting Sacramento deputy dies
By Aja Seldon | KRON4.com | September 2, 2017


SACRAMENTO (FOX40) — The man suspected of shooting and killing Sacramento Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French as well as injuring two CHP officers has died. Thomas Little Cloud, a Bay Area resident, was in critical condition after sustaining wounds in an exchange of gunfire with police Wednesday.

The 32-year-old fired a high-powered rifle through the door of one of the Ramada Inn’s rooms, hitting two CHP officers as officials were conducting an investigation. After exiting onto a balcony, he shot and killed Deputy French then led officers on a car chase that ended in a crash and the gun battle that critically injured him.

One of the CHP officers was scheduled to undergo surgery and is expected to recover. The other was released from the hospital Wednesday.

More at link: http://kron4.com/2017/09/02/bay-area-ma ... puty-dies/


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