"It Was Like the Wild West": 3 California Cops Shot, One Killed After Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

"It Was Like the Wild West": 3 California Cops Shot, One Killed After Stolen Vehicle Pursuit

On Wednesday morning, a police pursuit and gun battle ended tragically with three California police officers shot and one killed.

The California Highway Patrol and Sacramento County Sheriff's Department were conducting an investigation as part of a multi-agency auto theft task force. At a local Ramada Inn, two female suspects fled from police in a stolen vehicle. A pursuit was initiated and both unnamed females were taken into custody a short time later.

Police surrounded the Inn and entered to look for a third suspect. Upon knocking and announcing themselves at the room, the unknown suspect inside ambushed officers with a high-powered rifle, firing blindly through the walls and door. Two CHP investigators were hit by gunfire. A Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy securing the perimeter was also struck and killed.

The suspect fled the area in another stolen vehicle and another pursuit was initiated. The suspect vehicle crashed near El Camino High School, prompting an active shooter lock-down as another gun battle started. The suspect was shot and taken into custody. Both CHP officers are expected to survive.

From AP News:

Guests at the hotel were told to take shelter as officers planned to methodically search for two suspects they believe may still be inside.

Jeff Marshall, who lives near the hotel, said he heard gunshots and then tires squealing and saw a grey Dodge Charger speed by his home, going the wrong way down a busy street.

Marshall estimated he heard 12 shots.

“It was like the wild West,” Marshall said.

In a press conference following the chaos, Sheriff's spokesperson Sgt. Tony Turnbull identified the Deputy that was shot and killed as 54-year-old Robert French, a law enforcement veteran with 21 years of service:

Deputy Robert "Bob" French

Deputy Robert "Bob" French

Deputy French is survived by his children, grandchildren and live-in girlfriend. The round that killed him struck him in his side (presumably where there was less armor) and ended up in his chest cavity. Despite this tragic loss, there will be no marches in French's honor, no protests against the leftist policies that contributed to his death.

Incidents like these are why our police need better equipment to protect themselves against armed suspects. Just two days ago, President Trump reversed an Obama-era ban on military equipment for law enforcement — had French been better equipped in this high-risk operation, he might have survived.

Deputy French was killed by a high-powered rifle — leftist gun-control laws did nothing to prevent this.

The fact that the second vehicle pursuit ended so close to a high school should prompt a discussion onthe vulnerable nature of so-called 'gun-free' zones. Had officers not responded quickly, the suspect may have taken hostages in the target-rich environment. Our research indicates that the San Juan Unified School District had no school resource officers on the premises — the only thing administrators and students could do was hide and hope for the best.

How many more tragedies must happen before California wakes up?

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