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Sacramento police officer killed while helping woman retrieve items during domestic call

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Posted at 4:28 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 09:38:36-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Police have confirmed the officer shot by a suspect during a domestic violence call in a North Sacramento neighborhood has died.

The suspect later got into an eight hour standoff with police before he was arrested.

Deputy Chief Dave Peletta said during a news conference early Thursday that 26-year-old Tara O'Sullivan died at UC Davis Medical Center hours after a gunman opened fire on her while assisting a woman removing belongings from a home. The woman was not injured.

Sgt. Vance Chandler of the Sacramento Police Department said, "We had multiple officers on scene with the female helping her gather some belongings. And while our officers were on scene one of our officers was shot."

Peletta said O'Sullivan was partnered with a training officer when she was shot just before 6 p.m. He did not offer any more information.

The gunman continued shooting keeping other officers at a distance. Police exchanged gunfire with him.

About two hours after the incident started, police used an armored vehicle to remove the wounded officer and took her to a hospital.

The Sacramento Bee reports that according to city records, O'Sullivan had been working for the city since January 2018. 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.