End of Watch: August 30, 2017
Deputy Robert French was killed in the line of duty by a suspect attempting to flee from officers during a probation search of a North area hotel room. The suspect shot at officers as they attempted to gain entry into the hotel room, striking two CHP officers. Deputy French encountered the suspect in the hotel parking lot, where he engaged the suspect in gunfire. Deputy French was mortally wounded during this exchange but continued to engage the suspect in an effort to protect his partners and community, resulting in the suspect’s ultimate demise. Deputy French exhibited extraordinary and conspicuous bravery in the line of duty, ultimately losing his. Even after being shot Deputy French remained in the fight which will forever reflect his steadfast courage and commitment to serve a cause greater than himself.