Officers pursued a stolen vehicle earlier in the day that ended in Elk Grove, and two female suspects were taken into custody.
The multi-agency auto theft task force was conducting a related investigation at the Ramada Inn and was going to search a room connected to the theft ring. A suspect in the room opened fire on officers through the door and walls, striking two CHP officers.
The shooter then went out on the balcony with a high-powered rifle and opened fire on deputies, fatally shooting Deputy Bob French.
The suspect was able to flee to a vehicle and led officers on a pursuit which ended in a gunfight on El Camino Ave. The suspect was shot and was transported to the hospital.
The two CHP officers are talking and alert.
Deputy Bob French was a 21-year veteran with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his live-in girlfriend, children, and grandchildren.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Bob French and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. Rest easy, hero. We'll hold the line from here.
Deputy Bob French, your life mattered.
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