Sacramento Police Officer Murdered at Domestic Disturbance Call
The last Sacramento police officer murdered in the line of duty was 20 years ago. But Wednesday night, 26 year old Sacramento Police officer Tara O’Sullivan was shot to death while attempting to help a woman remove her clothing at a domestic violence call. She was essentially “ambushed” while walking in the backyard of the residence by a suspect with a rifle.
It is with a broken heart that we have to share with all of you that earlier today we lost one of our own. While on a call for service in North Sacramento, Officer Tara O’Sullivan was shot and killed. She gave her young life while protecting our community pic.twitter.com/MXr7C4M5qJ— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) June 20, 2019
The timeline of events as reported by the Sacramento Bee:
11:43 a.m.: Sacramento police received a call about a disturbance between a man and a woman in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m.: Police responded and made contact with a woman at the 3700 block of Esperanza Drive.
5:41 p.m.: Police arrived at a residence in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue to help the woman gather her belongings.
6:10 p.m.: Shots fired from a rifle, striking Officer Tara O’Sullivan in the backyard of a home.
6:54 p.m.: Armored vehicle arrived at scene.Sacramento Police
6:59 p.m.: O’Sullivan transported to UC Davis Medical Center.
8:15 p.m.: Orders are given to officers that lethal force can be used if the suspect comes out of the house armed; additional orders given by police commanders were that if the suspect tried to flee and was unarmed, officers would use less-than-lethal force to apprehend him.
9:30 p.m.: Shots still being fired.
12:51 a.m.: Police announce O’Sullivan has been killed.
1:30 a.m.: Police say the suspect is surrendering.
1:50 a.m.: Suspect walks out of the home with a cell phone in one hand and a shirt in the other.
1:54 a.m.: Suspect in custody.
As the suspect continued firing, the other officers were unable to reach their fallen colleague for 44 minutes as she lay in the backyard. When they did manage to get to her, she was transported to the UC Davis Medical Center. But she succumbed to her injuries.
O’Sullivan graduated from the police academy in December, and was working with an FTO- Field Training Officer. She was due to be on her own soon. She was a graduate of Sacramento State and was hired in 2018 by the police force.
The suspect has been identified as Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45. He was involved in domestic assaults numerous times previously, according to Heavy.com.