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Sacramento Police Name Suspect In Murder Of Officer Tara O'Sullivan

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento police officers continue to work the scene where Officer Tara O'Sullivan was shot on the evening of June 19, 2019.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Police have identified 45-year-old Adel Sambrano Ramos as the suspect in the murder of Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan on Wednesday night.

Ramos was arrested on Thursday morning at around 6 a.m. on charges related to the murder after an hours-long standoff with police near the 200 block of Redwood Avenue in North Sacramento, just north of Del Paso Boulevard.

The incident began at around 11:43 a.m. when police responded to a call about a domestic disturbance in the Arden Arcade area. Officers responded again at about 5:41 p.m. at the home on Redwood Avenue to stand by while the woman involved gathered some of her belongings from the residence.

O'Sullivan was mediating a dispute at the residence when police say Ramos shot her with a rifle. Officers were not able to get help to O’Sullivan for more than 40 minutes after she was shot as Ramos allegedly continued to fire multiple times.

At around 7 p.m., O’Sullivan was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center, where she died later that night.

Resident Laura Weaver stayed in the back of her house during the incident with her three young children. She described O’Sullivan’s death as “senseless and unnecessary.”

“The whole thing, it’s just really sad, because no matter who you are and what your line of work, no one deserves to be shot down trying to help somebody,” Weaver said.

Multiple officers returned fire with Ramos during the prolonged standoff as nearby residents were evacuated. Ramos did not surrender until around 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Ramos is being held on charges of murder and battery of a minor. The battery charge stems from a case in which he failed to appear at a court date earlier this month. He is not eligible for bail.

Court records show he's faced charges of battery and corporal injury to a spouse in the past. Ramos is scheduled to appear in court on Monday in the battery case, and is tentatively scheduled to be arraigned in the murder case that same day.

It was a frightening night for Weaver and her other neighbors as they evacuated or sheltered in place during the shooting.

“I'm not going to lie, it was a little scary because it was like dang, what if the guy just starts blasting people off and it’s just right there across the street,” Weaver said. “Like what the hell is going on. I was a little scared.”

Some residents also complained that they were unable to sleep due to the heavy police presence in the area throughout the night.

“It was a long night for me because we couldn’t sleep because the helicopters were out and I was all riled, I was kind of geared up,” said Tanja King, who has lived in the neighborhood for 22 years. “I wasn’t so much afraid but I was anxious.”

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