SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – The suspect in a lodge shootout that killed a California police officer and wounded two officers whereas they investigated a stolen car ring has an extended and violent legal historical past, in response to courtroom data.
Thomas Daniel Littlecloud was sentenced to jail on 4 separate events since 2004 for assault with a semi-automated weapon, grand theft and evading a police officer, the data stated.
Littlecloud, 32, was in crucial situation Thursday at a hospital with life-threatening accidents after a shootout with police the day earlier than, stated Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Turnbull.
Turnbull stated Littlecloud on Wednesday used a excessive-powered rifle to shoot by way of a closed door and wall and injured two California Freeway Patrol officers who have been demanding to enter his motel room.
Turnbull stated Littlecloud then went to the room’s balcony and fatally shot deputy Robert French earlier than leaping to the parking zone and rushing away in a stolen automotive.
Police caught as much as Littlecloud a brief distance away and arrested him after a quick shootout, Turnbull stated.
The violence began after police went to the lodge to research a automotive theft ring and noticed two ladies drive away in a stolen car. Officers arrested the 2 ladies after a excessive-velocity pursuit. One was on probation and a number of other officers returned to the lodge to look her room – however encountered Littlecloud.
French, fifty two, a 21-yr division veteran, was assigned to protect the lodge room balcony whereas different officers approached the room from the entrance.
“Investigators did a knock-and-discover and introduced themselves on the motel room door to conduct a probation search,” Turnbull stated.
Littlecloud then shot by means of the door and the room’s entrance wall, he stated.
Sid Heal, president of the consulting agency California Affiliation of Tactical Officers, stated usually talking, probation searches are principally routine and peaceable as a result of suspects are on their greatest conduct.
However he stated one of many largest risks of police work is officers letting down their guard on assignments that look like routine.
“The one factor that kills cops greater than anything is complacency,” Heal stated.