26-year-old Officer Tara O’Sullivan was cut down in the line of duty this week in Sacramento, California by an assailant with a rifle while answering a domestic violence call. After the horrific murder of O’Sullivan, a mob taunted and harassed police following up by saying “We got guns too,” among other threats to the officers. “Whatever officer getting shot, need to be. Y’all all need to be. Y’all all need to,” said another person.
As O’Sullivan and other police were helping a female victim gather her belongings and leave the home where the domestic violence allegedly occurred, the assailant opened fire delivering the fatal shot. O’Sullivan died later in the evening after being shot. Police and supporters would escort her to her final resting place and salute the young officer out of respect for her service and sacrifice. But not those in this neighborhood.
“From the public statement by Sacramento PD:
“On June 19, 2019, the Sacramento Police Department received a call regarding a disturbance between a male and a female. Officers made contact with the involved female at a residence in the 3700 block of Esperanza Drive. Officers then responded to a residence in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue to standby while the involved female gathered some belongings from a residence. At approximately 6:10 p.m., officers on scene reported shots had been fired, and an officer was struck by gun fire. The officer who was shot, Tara Christina O’Sullivan succumbed to her injuries after being transported to the hospital. The suspect, 45-year old Adel Sambrano Ramos, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges relating to the murder of Officer O’Sullivan.
“O’Sullivan was shot first and was down in the backyard of that home as police attempted to reach her while the gunman continued firing at police.
“The suspect has been arrested and charged.
“The officers in the video below, shared by a photojournalist with Comstock, were securing that horrific and deadly scene when apparent residents of the neighborhood gathered and began berating them.
“The video shows the residents taunting the cops, praising the shooting of the officer, and even threatening police with more violence.
“Take that gun off. I’ll whoop your little butt,” one woman’s voice can be heard saying. “All y’all cowards.”
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 20, 2019
“Keep in mind those cowards were there to protect a female victim of domestic violence as she attempted to leave a bad situation. It is a miracle that the victim was not also wounded or killed by the ambush shooter.
“Keys shared more video later via YouTube.
“Police also released bodycam footage of the shooting on Friday.
“The videos of these California residents mocking and praising the death of a young female police officer who was responding to a cry for help from a female victim is a disturbing, shameful display, but it’s hard to use the words “shocking” or “unexpected” over such things anymore.”
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
At one point, as an officer tried to move residents back, away from the crime scene, a woman off camera can be heard saying: “When this thing is reestablished we’ll move. We gonna watch, though.” They aggressively treated the police as the enemy even though they were there to help the victim.
“You all are looking for one person?” someone is heard asking the police.
“The only person we need to be safe from is you,” another woman off camera is heard shouting.
“Hey, stray bullets catch people, man,” the officer responds.
Twitter has a hard 2.5 minutes limit on video uploads. Watch the full video (actually two videos combined into one), which runs more than 25 minutes, at the link: https://t.co/3mTQbroNez
— Matthew Keys (@MatthewKeysLive) June 21, 2019
It sounds to me as if this was an ambush meant to kill cops. Those threatening the officers should have been arrested but this is California after all. Officer Tara O’Sullivan was shot several times, with at least one of her wounds being “non-survivable,” after she and her training officer, Daniel Chip, were ambushed.
“You OK? You OK?” Chip is heard shouting in the video.
“This is a high-powered rifle. Get out here now,” the officer says into his radio. “We’ve got one down.”
“Officer down! Officer down!” he continues.
“Stay down,” he says as more shots are heard.
“Yeah, he’s still shooting,” Chip whispers. “He’s changing clips.”
Update: Homicide of a Sacramento Police OfficerThis press release is a summary of the facts known at this time, as this incident is actively being investigated. The information contained in the press release is subject to change. Additional details will be released as they become available.On June 19, 2019, the Sacramento Police Department received a call regarding a disturbance between a male and a female. Officers made contact with the involved female at a residence in the 3700 block of Esperanza Drive. Officers then responded to a residence in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue to standby while the involved female gathered some belongings from a residence. At approximately 6:10 p.m., officers on scene reported shots had been fired, and an officer was struck by gun fire. The officer who was shot, Tara Christina O’Sullivan succumbed to her injuries after being transported to the hospital. The suspect, 45-year old Adel Sambrano Ramos, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges relating to the murder of Officer O’Sullivan.Original Press Release: https://www.sacpd.org/newsroom/releases/liveview.aspx?release_id=20190620-084While the Department continues the investigation into this incident, additional information is available to be shared with our community. While trying to help the female gather her belongings, the officers found that the suspect’s front door of the main residence was barricaded and unable to be opened. Believing that the suspect may possibly be at the home, the officers tried to locate him and continue gathering some belongings for the female. The officers moved to the backyard of the residence and approached a detached garage. Once at the door of this garage, the officers were ambushed from behind and were fired upon by a high-powered rifle. Officer O’Sullivan was hit by gunfire at this time. She was struck multiple times by rifle rounds and one injury was non-survivable.The Sacramento Police Department is releasing a segment of body worn camera from which shows this attack on our officers. (included in this post) After the initial shooting, at approximately 6:13 p.m., officers requested the armored vehicle. A patrol officer responded to our police station where the armored vehicle is stored. This police station is located at 300 Richards Boulevard.At approximately 6:15 p.m., the officer arrived at the police station for the armored vehicle. At approximately 6:22 p.m. the officer left from the police station and responded to the 200 block of Redwood Avenue while driving with lights and sirens.At approximately 6:27 p.m., the officer who was driving the armored vehicle arrived in the area and coordinated with officers who were already on scene. The officers developed a plan to safely rescue Officer O’Sullivan. As the armored vehicle moved to breach the fence of the backyard, the suspect fired multiple times at the armored vehicle. Officers utilized the armored vehicle to breach the fence and navigate through the backyard. As the officers drove in the backyard of the residence, the suspect continued to fire at the armored vehicle.Officers were able to gain access to the backyard and conduct the rescue. As the armored vehicle was in close proximity to Officer O’Sullivan, multiple officers exited the armored vehicle to rescue her. One officer returned fire at the suspect while Officer O’Sullivan was rescued. The suspect continued to fire at the armored vehicle as the officers backed out of the backyard. While backing out, the armored vehicle became disabled. Then, multiple officers carried Officer O’Sullivan to a police vehicle for medical aid and transportation. While transporting Officer O’Sullivan to a local area hospital, a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer rendered aid. This CHP Officer is a first aid instructor, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), combat medic and license practical nurse in the military. Throughout this incident, the suspect fired sporadically at officers for more than four hours from 6:10 p.m. to 10:29 p.m., on at least 30 separate occasions.At approximately 9:38 p.m., crisis negotiators attempted to make contact with the suspect inside the residence. After numerous attempts to make contact with the suspect, negotiators made contact with him at 10:40 p.m. Negotiators worked diligently to gain compliance from the suspect. Eventually, after more than two hours of negotiating, the suspect surrendered and was placed under arrest. The suspect was not injured during this incident.Additional information being released includes:• An aerial photo of the location of the incident• A photo of the interior of the front door of the suspect’s residence• Photos of weapons located in the residence where the suspect was barricaded. These weapons include two assault rifles, one shotgun and one handgun. All four weapons were strategically placed throughout the house. Additionally, investigators have determined that all four of these weapons were used by the suspect during the incident and there are casings throughout the house. Photos included in press release online here:https://www.sacpd.org/newsroom/releases/liveview.aspx?release_id=20190622-087 In accordance with State Law and City Council Policy, we will be releasing additional information about this incident in the future. This is a very complex incident and is still be actively investigated.
Posted by Sacramento Police Department on Saturday, June 22, 2019
“This was an ambush-style attack on Sacramento police officers that lasted for hours,” Sacramento police Chief Daniel Hahn said. “Under the most dangerous and trying circumstances, our officers performed admirably.”
On Friday, suspect Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45, was charged with murder, attempted murder and possessing illegal weapons. He was arrested after an eight-hour standoff. Hahn said the suspect had multiple firearms, including two assault rifles.
The department has been criticized for taking 45 minutes to rescue O’Sullivan, who later died at the hospital. Hahn said officers needed to wait until an armored vehicle arrived, or “we would have additional officers murdered that day,” the Associated Press reported.
— Sacramento Police (@SacPolice) June 22, 2019
This cop-hatred in Hispanic and black neighborhoods is being stoked and encouraged by the left. It is not surprising that cops are dying because of it. The Democrats have blue blood all over their hands and this will only get worse as long as this kind of hatred is tolerated.