Sacramento officer shot dead — Tara O’Sullivan, 26, graduated from the police academy in the city of Sacramento in December 2018. She is the department’s first officer killed in the line of duty in 20 years, according to the deputy head of the department. The suspect was barricaded in a house for several hours until he turned himself in on the morning of June 20.
An officer was shot dead on June 19 while responding to a disturbance at a residence in the north of the city, according to Dave Polletta, deputy head of the Sacramento Police.
Tara O’Sullivan, 26, died at UC Davis Hospital after being shot by a man who was barricaded for several hours before turning himself over to officers early on June 20.
O’Sullivan was in a training process when she responded to a house located in the 200 block of Redwood Street, near Edgewater Street. According to Sergeant Vance Chandler, the police department received a call around 12:00 pm about a disturbance between a man and a woman. A little after 3:30 p.m., officers were able to contact the woman in person in a different place.
At 5:41 pm, several officers, including O’Sullivan, escorted the woman to the Redwood Street house so she could remove some of her belongings. A little after 6:10 pm, O’Sullivan was shot.
“The officer fell into the garden of the residence and the other officers took up positions of safety and responded to the attacker,” Chandler said.
According to Polletta, the officer was in a position that required additional resources to be able to rescue her.
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Officers from different police agencies responded to the scene. According to Chandler, an armored vehicle arrived at the house to try to evacuate O’Sullivan. The operation began at 6:54 pm and they were able to withdraw the officer five minutes later.
O’Sullivan was transported to UC Davis Hospital in Sacramento where she died hours later. According to Chandler, no other officer was injured.
A little after 12:30 am, officers met at the police department to announce the passing of O’Sullivan.
During the afternoon, the suspect continued to fire occasionally at the officers, with some shots reported around 11:30 pm. Due to the range of the rifle the man used, a large area around Redwood Street was closed to the public.
According to Chandler, the woman who originally called the police is safe. Officers were trying to contact the suspect for several hours until he turned himself in to the authorities a little before 2:00 on Thursday morning.
Access to the neighborhood in the north of the city remained closed for several hours at night. The displaced persons were directed to the Noralto school, with address 477 Las Palmas Ave., Sacramento CA, 95815.