TARA O’SULLIVAN

TARA O’SULLIVAN

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Sacramento police officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was killed June 19th when she responded to a domestic violence incident in north Sacramento. She was shot by a gunman with a rifle who was believed to be holed up in a neighborhood home.

The incident began around noon Wednesday after officers got reports of a disturbance between a man and a woman. Around 3:30 p.m., police responded to the home near Edgewater Road and Redwood Avenue to help the woman gather some belongings.

Several officers were at the scene with the woman when the man entered the home around 6:10 p.m. and started shooting with a rifle, police said. O’Sullivan was then shot and went down in a yard.

Police said the other officers were forced take cover and couldn’t get to O’Sullivan. The woman was able to get out safely, police said.

An armored vehicle was called to the scene to help get O’Sullivan and arrived around 6:50 p.m. Police said officers were able to rescue her at 6:59 p.m.

O’Sullivan was then taken to the hospital.

The man barricaded himself inside the home, and officers set up a perimeter, police said. During the standoff, the man fired at officers several times.

The suspect surrendered to police and was taken into custody, police said. Investigators are still actively processing the scene.

O’Sullivan graduated from Sacramento State University in December 2017 from the Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars program.

She then joined the Sacramento Police Department in January 2018 and was accepted into the police academy in July 2018, Peletta said. She graduated from the academy in December 2018.