Thomas Daniel Littlecloud was accused of killing Deputy Robert French during a stolen-vehicle investigation
San Francisco Chronicle
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — The Castro
Valley man accused of killing a Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy and
wounding two California Highway Patrol officers died Saturday,
succumbing to the injuries he suffered during a shootout with police
The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department announced the death of 32-year-old Thomas Daniel Littlecloud.
Littlecloud was accused of killing Deputy Robert French, a 21-year
veteran of the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, during a stolen-vehicle
investigation. He also wounded a pair of Highway Patrol investigators.
The investigators are are expected to survive.
French was shot
with an assault rifle while pursuing Littlecloud as the Castro Valley
man fled a motel room through a back balcony. Littlecloud made it to a
vehicle — which was stolen from the Bay Area, according to the
Sacramento Sheriff’s Department — and drove off, crashing the car and
firing more shots at officers. Littlecloud was shot by police and taken
to a nearby hospital.