Dep. Robert "Bob" French, a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County (CA) Sheriff's Department, died on his way to the hospital after being shot in the chest. (Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff's Department)

Dep. Robert "Bob" French, a 21-year veteran of the Sacramento County (CA) Sheriff's Department, died on his way to the hospital after being shot in the chest. (Photo: Sacramento County Sheriff's Department)

A deputy in a shootout at a Sacramento-area hotel was killed on the 10th anniversary of his parents' death in a plane crash, reports the Associated Press.

The children of Deputy Robert French tell the Sacramento Bee that on Aug. 30, 2007, his parents crashed and died in a small plane at a small Northern California airport as they were taking off for a scuba trip to Ensenada, Mexico.

Ten years later to the day, the 52-year-old Sacramento County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed in a shootout with a suspect that also resulted in two California Highway Patrol officers being shot and wounded.

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