One Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was killed and two CHP officers were injured during a shooting near the Ramada Inn off Capital City Freeway. Two females and one male are in custody in connection to the shooting.
Robert French, a 21-year veteran of the department, died on the way to the hospital from gunshot wounds. The CHP officers were hospitalized and their conditions have been stabilized.
A multi-agency auto theft task force was investigating suspects at the Ramada Inn. One stolen vehicle led officers on a chase that ended in Elk Grove. According to Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Tony Turnbull, two women were taken into custody.
When officers went into the motel to search the room, a suspect opened fire through the door and walls, striking two CHP officers. Sheriff’s deputies exchanged gun fire with the shooter, who Turnbull says was on the room’s balcony with a “high-powered rifle.” At some point, one sheriff’s deputy was struck by gunfire.
The gunman fled the hotel in another vehicle. Turnbull the chase ended in a crash on El Camino Avenue and there was another exchange of gunfire. The suspect was hit and taken to a hospital.
Sacramento County sheriff's deputies, probation officers, Sacramento police officers and California Highway Patrol officers have several streets blocked off in the area.
El Camino High School and Arcade Middle School were under a shelter-in-place order, but that has since been lifted.