HERO IN BLUE: Young police officer fatally shot while responding to domestic call

A young police officer in Sacramento has been killed after she responded to a domestic call on Wednesday.

ABC 7 reports that Sacramento Police Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, was fatally shot in North Sacramento after police reported to a residence regarding a domestic disturbance.

According to CBS 13 Sacramento, O’Sullivan was accompanied by her training officer when she was shot in the yard of the residence. Due to ongoing gunfire, it took nearly an hour for additional responding officers to reach O’Sullivan.

She was transported to UC Davis Medical Center for surgery and later pronounced dead.

ABC 7 reports, the shooting suspect was taken into custody after a nearly 8-hour police standoff.

Deputy Chief Dave Peletta announced O’Sullivan’s death in a news conference early Thursday morning

“She gave her young life while protecting our community,” Peletta said according to KCRA.

The police chief also said at the news conference that that the woman in the residence, who the officers had been helping remove her belongings, was not injured in the gunfire.

O’Sullivan had joined the Sacramento Police Department in 2018.

“We’re devastated tonight,” Peletta reportedly said at the news conference. “There are no words to convey the depth of sadness we feel or how heartbroken we are for our family for our young, brave officer. The men and women of our department will continue to do our jobs to protect the community. And, we will draw from the strength and courage of Tara. Our hearts are with Tara’s family, whose pain can hardly be imagined.”

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