Deputy Sheriff Robert Allan French

Deputy Sheriff Robert Allan French

Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Robert Allan French

Deputy Sheriff Bob French was shot and killed outside of the Ramada Inn in the 2600 block of Auburn Boulevard while conducting an auto theft investigation at approximately 10:30 am.

Members of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Auto Theft Task Force had just taken two women into custody following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle they had observed leaving the hotel. Task force investigators returned to the hotel room to search it based on the offender's searchable probation status. As two members of the task force knocked on the room's door and announced themselves a male subject inside opened fire with a rifle, wounding two California Highway Patrol investigators.

The man continued to exchange shots with members of the task force before jumping from the balcony. As he moved from the back to the front of the hotel he continued exchanging shots with officers. Deputy French had responded to the scene and engaged the subject with gunfire as the man attempted to enter another stolen car. One of the man's rounds went through Deputy French's patrol car and a fragment struck him in area not protected by his vest.

Despite being mortally wounded, Deputy French continued to engage the subject to allow other officer seek cover. The man was able to flee in the stolen car, leading officers on a pursuit before crashing. He exchanged shots with officers again before being and taken into custody. The man later died from his wounds sustained during the multiple shootouts.

Deputy French had served with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department for 21 years and was assigned to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Auto Theft Task Force. He is survived by his children, grandchildren, and sister.


  • Age 52
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 1162

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

stolen vehicle

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You are so greatly missed. My heart stopped for a moment when I saw you in the parking lot. I did everything I could but your injury was a fatal one and there was nothing I could do. I did get the message to your kids and I have kept my promise.

You are missed so much. There are times when I know you are watching over us and laughing your ass off.

I will continue to help your kids when they ask or will take it. You did good with them. Rest easy my friend, or as you would say "Settle Down Now", we got it from here.

Inv. Steve "F. B." Johnson,
Sac Metro Fire, Sacramento County Arson/Bomb Unit
Police Unit Tour, Norcal Chapter Rider/Member 2019

August 22, 2019

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