Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy officer Robert French (pictured here) was shot dead and two California Highway Patrol officers were injured
A Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy officer has been shot dead and two California Highway Patrol officers injured in a shooting in California.
The shooting took place Wednesday at a Sacramento hotel, which authorities believe to be the headquarters of a car theft ring.
52-year-old Robert French died around 12pm PST after being shot at a Ramada Inn.
He passed away on the way to the hospital from a gunshot wound to his side, Sheriff Scott Jones revealed.
The two wounded police officers, who were also on the job, were expected to survive.
The currently unidentified gunman was wounded during a short car chase and was arrested, authorities have revealed.
Jones described the scene: ‘It was an extremely dynamic, horrific series of events,’ according to the Chicago Tribune.
Two women were also believed to be involved, who led the police on the chase, authorities say. This resulted in a 20-mile car chase.
The chase occurred after cops spotted a gray Dodge Charger they thought had been stolen.
A suspect believed to be involved in the shooting of law enforcement officers is taken from the scene
Law enforcement officers in tactical gear arrive at the scene were suspects believed to be involved in the shooting of three law enforcement officers
Guests of the hotel where three law enforcement officers were shot, board a bus to be transported from the scene on Wednesday
Police say they discovered that one of the women had a room at the hotel, so the officers returned and knocked on the door of the room to investigate further.
The man inside then opened fire and escaped through the back, which is when he shot French.
The unidentified gunman managed to flee in a vehicle, as authorities say the gun he used held a high-capacity magazine, which is now illegal to purchase in California.
Jeff Marshall, a man who lives near the hotel, said he heard gunshots and then saw a gray Dodge Charger speed by his home, going in the opposite direction down a packed street.
California Highway Patrol officers look for suspects in the trunk of a car
Students leave El Camino Fundamental High School after it was placed in a precautionary shelter-in-place
Marshall believed he heard 12 shots, adding: ‘It was like the wild West.’
Among his colleagues, French was regarded as a ‘well-known, well-respected’ 21-year veteran of the department, who leaves behind his children, grandchildren and his girlfriend.
Jones said: ‘Words aren’t going to make an appropriate appreciation of him as a man or his career.’
The suspected gunman was shot by authorities, whilst the two women who were also involved in the tragedy are now in custody.
Officers proceed down Fulton Avenue, toward the Ramada Inn