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Video: Slain CA Deputy Kept Fighting After Shot in Heart, Sheriff Says

September 06, 2017  | 

VIDEO: Slain CA Deputy Kept Fighting After Shot in Heart, Sheriff Says

The Sacramento County (CA) Sheriff’s deputy killed in a hotel shootout last week continued to fire his weapon at an armed gunman, even after a bullet had pierced through the soft tissue of his shoulder and hit his heart, Sheriff Scott Jones said during a press conference Tuesday.

Deputy Robert French, a 21-year veteran of the department, rushed to the hotel parking lot after hearing reports of shots fired at the Ramada Inn, Sgt. Shaun Hampton said Tuesday. French, who was wearing a ballistic vest, was taking cover behind a police vehicle at the time of the shooting. He died on his way to the hospital, the department said.

“Even though he was mortally wounded, (French) continued to engage and pin down the suspect as best he could,” Jones said. “He only showed signs of injury once (the) scene was stabilized.”

The man suspected of firing the fatal shot, identified by the department last week as Thomas Daniel Littlecloud, shot approximately 34 rounds from his rifle, and at least a dozen more from a 9mm handgun during the hotel shootout, Jones said.

Littlecloud, 32, of Castro Valley, died in a hospital on Saturday from injuries suffered in the incident, the Sacramento Bee reports.


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kevcopaz @ 9/6/2017 4:24 PM

A great ( yet sad) example to ALL officers, fight death, no matter what the wound no matter what the circumstances and fight till you drop and your body gives out completely. DO NOT go into the darkness (or light) easily!

Bob Retired) @ 9/6/2017 8:17 PM

RIP my brother. In the military we had the UCMJ(Uniformed Code of Military Justice), which said: I will never surrender as long as I have the means to resist. I used that all through my law enforcement career. Off. French took it until his last breath. G-ds speed.

Rick @ 9/7/2017 5:54 AM

Bob retired is mistaking the UCMJ, which was the legal system in the military, with the Code of Conduct.

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