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Suspect Identified In Shootout That Killed One Sheriff's Deputy

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Law enforcement officers, including this Sacramento County sheriff's deputy surround a hotel where suspects believed to be involved in the shooting of police officers are located, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif.

AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

The man arrested in the killing of a Sacramento Sheriff's deputy has been identified. Investigators believe 32-year-old Thomas Littlecloud of Castro Valley used a high powered assault rifle to shoot and kill Deputy Robert French. Littlecloud is also suspected of wounding two CHP officers when he shot through the door and wall of a room at the Ramada Inn on Auburn Boulevard yesterday.

Littlecloud is in critical condition after he was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with officers following a car chase that ended with a crash near El Camino Fundamental High School.

Officers had gone to the room as part of an investigation into a stolen car that fled from members of a joint auto-theft task force. A woman arrested in the stolen vehicle was on probation and registered as a guest at the Ramada, leading officers to the room where the shooting broke out.

Deputy French was a 21-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department who was a training officer and member of the auto-theft task force. He leaves behind a girlfriend, three children and grandchildren.

The CHP says one of its officers sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was treated and released last night. The other received a gunshot wound to his hand and wrist. He underwent surgery this morning and is recovering.

The CHP says both officers are undercover investigators who were assigned to assist with the auto-theft task force. Due to their undercover assignments, their identities are not being released.

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