1 of 2 Slain Deputies Was 30-Year Veteran of Force

Times Wire Reports

An investigation continued Saturday into a gun battle inside a remote mountain cabin where two Butte County Sheriff's deputies and the suspected gunman were found dead.

Killed were sheriff's Lt. Larry Estes, 61, a 30-year department veteran known for his dry sense of humor and dedication; and Deputy Bill Hunter, 26, a canine officer who recently was married.

Investigators have identified the gunman as Richard Gerald Bracklow, 46. His father has said he suffered from manic-depression and preferred to be alone at his secluded cabin in the Sierra Nevada.

The cabin is near the Inskip Inn in Stirling City, a small town in eastern Butte County. It is about 110 miles north of Sacramento.

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