Sacramento deputy wounded in Rancho Cordova gunfight escorted home from hospital

The Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy who was shot Saturday during a gunfight with a suspect in Rancho Cordova is going home.

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Deputy Eric Schmidt was released from UC Davis Medical Center on Thursday. Schmidt was escorted home by a parade of law enforcement, who celebrated his recovery, according to a social media post by the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office.

A minute-long video shows a crowd of deputies and other first responders cheering Schmidt’s discharge from the hospital before escorting him along Highway 50 to his home. He was escorted by sheriff’s patrol cars, along with fire engines and a California Highway Patrol motorcade.

There were neighbors who also saluted the deputy’s vehicle as family drove him into their neighborhood.

Schmidt was identified as the deputy who was shot in the leg while responding to a call around 7 p.m. Saturday. A woman who said her grandson was in her home pointing a gun at her and telling her to leave. She had a restraining order against him, said Sacramento sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Tess Deterding.

Schmidt and two other deputies responded, where they encountered the suspect, identified Tuesday as Christopher Walker of Sacramento, outside and he fled to the rear of the home. The deputies chased him, leading to the shootout, Deterding said, in which the suspect shot the deputy.

The wounded deputy was shot at least twice, according to sheriff’s officials. Schmidt was shot in the leg, hitting a major artery. The deputy underwent surgery that night and was expected to survive, the Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday morning.

Walker, 29, was shot two times by deputies and suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, sheriff’s officials said in a news release Wednesday afternoon.

After the shootout with Walker, the deputies discovered the body of Betty Lou Winn Spirk, 58, of Sacramento. Deterding said Spirk had been shot in the head. Spirk lived in the home with Walker’s grandmother.

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