Suspect who fatally shot Sacramento sheriff's deputy dies

The suspect who shot and killed a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy August 30 died in the hospital Saturday, sheriff's officials said.

The suspect who shot and killed a Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy August 30 died in the hospital Saturday, sheriff's officials said.

According to the sheriff's department, deputies were doing an investigation involving a stolen car in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn along Ramada Inn. Two women got in the car and led police on a chase that ended in Elk Grove.

As the women led police on a chase, Thomas Daniel Littlecloud, a 32-year-old Castro Valley resident, tried escaping a hotel room when he started firing an assault rifle at officers. Two CHP officers were injured in the shootout, and one sheriff's deputy was struck.

The sheriff's deputy, 52-year-old Robert French, died from his injuries on the way to the hospital. The two unidentified CHP officers are expected to survive.

Following the shootout, Littlecloud took officers on a brief chase before crashing into a pole just west of Watt Avenue. The car he was driving was reported stolen out of the Bay Area, officials said.

Priscilla Prendez, the 23-year-old Oakland resident who led officers on a chase to Elk Grove, was arrested and charged with vehicle theft and felony evasion. The other woman was questioned and later released. 

Deputy French was a 21-year veteran with the sheriff's department. He is survived by three adult children, grandchildren, a sister and a live-in girlfriend.

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