Hero Down: Sacramento Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan Murdered In Ambush

Sacramento Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan died in the line of duty on Wednesday night.

Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan was murdered in an ambush attack while assisting with a domestic disturbance situation on Wednesday night.

The 26-year-old officer and her field training officer (FTO) responded to the 200-block of Redwood Avenue after meeting up with a woman who was involved in the domestic violence incident earlier in the day, according to The Sacramento Bee.

The initial disturbance had already been reported to police, and Officer O’Sullivan and her FTO took the woman to the home to help her gather up her belongings and to potentially mediate the situation between her and a male at that location, KOVR reported.

At approximately 6:10 p.m., a gunman opened fire with what investigators now believe was a rifle, Sacramento Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Peletta said during a press conference early Thursday morning.

Officer O’Sullivan was hit by one of the rounds, and collapsed in a yard.

Her fellow officers tried to reach her, but the gunman continued to fire to keep them away, KOVR reported.

An armored vehicle arrived at the scene at approximately 6:54 p.m., and the officers inside retrieved Officer O’Sullivan and rushed the wounded officer to University of California - Davis Medical Center just five minutes later.

The woman the officers were assisting was not injured during the attack, and was immediately moved to safety.

The gunman continued firing from his barricaded position inside the home, and ultimately surrendered after a nearly eight-hour standoff, FOX News reported.

Officer O’Sullivan succumbed to her gunshot wounds late Wednesday night after she underwent surgery, according to The Sacramento Bee.

Chief Peletta confirmed the officer’s tragic death just after midnight.

“I’m sad to share with you tonight that we lost one of our own,” he told reporters. “She gave her young life while protecting our community.”

Officer O’Sullivan was hired by the Sacramento Police Department in January of 2018, and entered the police academy that July.

After her graduation in December, she began her phase training with the SPD, and was slated to begin patrolling on her own in the next several weeks, Chief Peletta said.

“We are devastated tonight,” the chief continued. “There are no words to convey the depth of sadness we feel, or how heartbroken we are for the family of our young, brave officer.”

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg said that the city stands behind the SPD and Officer O’Sullivan’s loved ones.

“This is a horrible night for the city of Sacramento,” Steinberg said during the press conference. “To Tara’s parents and family and Tara’s fellow officers, I am so sorry… we are heartbroken and we are here for all of you, every step of the way.”

“Every day, in service to all of us, our police officers leave home, knowing there is a possibility that they will never return,” the mayor continued. “Today, that horrible possibility has become the devastating reality.”

He said that Officer O’Sullivan, who majored in child development at Sacramento State, had a “bright future” ahead of her and was committed to the community she served.

“She was in the first graduating class of a groundbreaking program at Sacramento State – the Law Enforcement Candidate Scholars Program,” Steinburg added.

“The program emphasizes the importance of inclusion and cultural competence for future law enforcement leaders, of which Tara undoubtedly would have been,” he said.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Tara O’Sullivan, your life mattered.

Comments (50)
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JBo
JBo

Rest in peace, officer. You've done your duty, you stood tall. Never forgotten, those few who who face the dangers every day trying to help others.

gfc1963
gfc1963

And now don't waste time on a trial - just execute the gunman.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, Officer O'Sullivan. May God comfort your family, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service - no matter how brief - to your community. May the full measure of justice be done to your murderer.

lmr111702
lmr111702

As an NYPD Mom, I am so saddened to hear of the murder of PO O'Sullivan. Your Blue Family grieves for you. Your life mattered, Tara. Rest in the Peace of the Lord now. Your brothers and sisters will take the watch now. We offer our condolences and blessings to your family. Go with God.

FSchloss
FSchloss

Anyone remember what Dallas PD did when a sniper had their officers pinned down and had already some of them? They put an explosive on one of there bomb disposal robots and drove it up to the shooter. They then turned him into a DNA sample. I thought it was a great idea.

walkintall
walkintall

Yeah, I'm sure this shit-bag is a challenged individual with mental issues....You know....Probably in need of some counseling. Good thing that California has essentially done away with the death penalty. Otherwise this shooter might actually be held accountable--

Jana Chicoine
Jana Chicoine

Blue Lives Matter. Thank God for good men and women who keep us safe. Heartfelt condolences to this dear and precious officer's family and friends. Jesus comfort you and reunite you in heaven.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Wow, this story changed a lot from the original story. I tend to believe the original story more in this case. Even now they can't seem to decide whether the gun man was the male involved in the domestic, or whether the yard was the yard of the people involved in the domestic. Very suspicious.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

As the mother of a BHPD Sargant my heart is breaking for Officer O'Sullivan's family and friends. My prayers are for them now as they do through this terrible times in their lives.

Patmandy
Patmandy

God forgive me. but I am beginning to think the movie Magnum Force staring Clint Eastwood should be part of the training for the police. Too many police persons being shot and too many thugs threatening to kill more cops. Administrators not backing their police up and putting them on leave over the complaints filed by the wussies who are following the police around bothering them. I will always #Back the blue

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

Such a young women! So very sad! Her life most certainly mattered!!! Rest in peace and prayers to the family and fellow officers!!!

Da$
Da$

As this poor officer was down after being shot, for a delayed period due to the POS shooter having the other officers pinned down, lowlife scumbags harassed and threatened officers on the scene. Their interference potentially kept the injured officer from being removed from the scene and given potential life support which may have saved her life. Each POS should be charged as an accessory in her death.

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called SON'S/DAUGHTERS of GOD. Matthew 5:9

Mrdan
Mrdan

Anyone kills a Leo instant death no appeals nothing take them to local gun range n shoot @ them like he did to this young officer pos sb

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

RIP Officer O'sullivan. Such a shame this beautiful young lady had her life just ripped away from this dirtball? Your lifr mattered love💙🖤💙🖤🙏🏼

Rayb
Rayb

Too bad they didn’t shoot him.. now we’ll have to deal with this for years..

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Notice how they still won't release the identity of the killer?!? The MSM really thinks were stupid.

Milocd
Milocd

So sorry for the loss of both blood and blue. Rest easy hero, dosnt matter if only the short time. You were a hero! R.I.P. officer O’Sulliven. ❤️