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Sacramento officer wounded in shootout cheered as he leaves hospital

A Sacramento police officer wounded earlier this week in a shootout with a double-homicide suspect was met with cheers and applause as he left the hospital Saturday.

About 50 uniformed officers and a dozen community members greeted the still-unnamed officer as he walked out of the UC Davis Medical Center on crutches.

Sacramento police Chief Daniel Hahn was there. He said he learned the officer had been shot Thursday, just before the funeral of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert French.

A fleeing suspect killed French and wounded two California Highway Patrol officers in a hotel shootout Aug. 30 on Auburn Bouelvard.

“It very easily could have been different, where they weren’t going home to their families,” Hahn said. “So, it’s a great day that (he) gets to go home to his family.”

The officer released Saturday was one of two wounded in a shooting Thursday on 27th Street, east of Franklin Boulevard, in south Sacramento. Authorities had not named either officer as of Saturday afternoon.

Police say they stopped Eric Arnold, 41, after he was spotted driving a car linked to a case in which a woman and her daughter where found dead inside their home on Janrick Avenue Friday night.

The women were identified as Erica Wallace, 45, and her daughter Kiara LaSalle, 17. Arnold was Wallace’s boyfriend, police said.

Once stopped, Arnold threw his keys out of the car window but refused to show his hands, police said. Within seconds, he got out of the car and began to fire a handgun at officers, police said. Five officers returned gunfire, killing Arnold.

Two officers were wounded in the gunfight, though their injuries were non-life threatening. One of the officers was released the night of the shooting and was present during Saturday’s event at UC Davis. He declined an interview request.

The officer released from the hospital Saturday thanked those who came to cheer him on.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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