Two Bay Area residents named as suspects in killing of Sacramento deputy

Thomas Daniel Littlecloud (Courtesy: KRON4 affiliate KTXL), Priscilla Prendez (Courtesy: Sacramento County Sheriff's Department)

SACRAMENTO (KRON) – Two Bay Area residents have been identified as suspects in connection with Wednesday’s killing of a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy.

The Sheriff’s Department says 32-year-old Thomas Daniel Littlecloud, from the Bay Area, shot and killed Deputy Robert French.

Littlecloud suffered life-threatening gunshot wounds and was in critical condition Thursday at a hospital. It’s unclear if he has been charged with anything.

Deputy Robert “Bob” French (Courtesy: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

Two women were taken into custody at the scene. One woman was released after questioning, according to KRON4’s affiliate KTXL.

The other woman, 23-year-old Priscilla Prendez of Oakland, was booked was booked on charges of vehicle theft and felony evasion, police said.

California Highway Police officers discovered Prendez had registered a room at the Ramada Inn where the shootout later occurred after she led them on a 20-mile chase in what is believed to be a stolen vehicle.

She is being held in lieu of $90,000 bail. The police have not identified the second woman who was in the car with Prendez.

Two CHP officers were also shot, and both are recovering. Their names have not been released.

The shootout happened when officers went into the motel to search the room. This was part of a multi-agency auto theft task force.

Deputy French was a 21-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He is survived by three adult children, grandchildren, a sister and live-in girlfriend.

Littlecloud has a lengthy and violent criminal history.

Court records show 32-year-old Thomas Daniel Littlecloud has been sentenced to prison for grand theft, vehicle theft, assault with a semi-automatic weapon, illegal possession of a gun and evading a police officer. The charges date back to 2004.

Records Littlesloud twice violated his parole in 2015.

Thomas Daniel Littlecloud (Courtesy: KRON4 affiliate KTXL), Priscilla Prendez (Courtesy: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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