Sacramento Officer Killed as She Helped Woman in Domestic Dispute

Officer Tara O'Sullivan, 26, was killed as she helped a woman collected her belongings at a north Sacramento home

The Sacremento police officer killed during a response to a domestic dispute was identified Thursday as a 26-year-old who had graduated from the police academy in December. 

Tara O'Sullivan, 26, died at UC Davis Medical Center hours after the gunman opened fire on her Wednesday, Deputy Chief Dave Peletta said during a news conference. Several officers were on a domestic disturbance call, helping a woman collect her belongings and leave a home in the north Sacramento neighborhood, when the officer was wounded, Sgt. Vance Chandler said.

The other woman wasn't hurt, and the relationship between her and the gunman wasn't immediately known. He surrendered Thursday after an eight-hour standoff with police. 

Peletta said O'Sullivan was partnered with a training officer when she was shot just before 6 p.m.

O'Sullivan was in a backyard and officers couldn't reach her because the gunman kept firing, Chandler said.

"Our officers maintained cover in safe positions until we were able to get an armored vehicle in the area," he said.

It took more than 45 minutes to get her to the hospital, he said.

The rifleman kept shooting for at least two hours and as of late Wednesday night, Chandler said negotiators hadn't been able to contact him.

Heavily armored police from several agencies swarmed the residential neighborhood, where a couple dozen marked and unmarked police cars had gathered.

Police warned residents by loudspeaker to stay out of the area near the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Edgewater Road. Police were keeping media and onlookers out of sight of the scene.

According to city records, O'Sullivan had been working for the city since January 2018, The Sacramento Bee reported. She was part of the first class of graduates of Sacramento State's Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars program in 2017 and went on to the Sacramento Police Academy.

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