A police officer in Sacramento, Calif., died late Wednesday hours after a suspect opened fire on her and other officers while responding to a domestic violence call.
Police later identified the slain officer as 26-year-old Tara O’Sullivan. There were no other injuries reported.
Several officers were on a domestic disturbance call, helping a woman collect her belongings and leave a home on Redwood Avenue near Edgewater, when the officer was wounded, Sgt. Vance Chandler said.
Police were swarming backyards in search of a suspect and warning residents to stay inside. Multiple gunshots were reportedly heard.
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She lay in the backyard of a home and officers couldn’t reach her because the gunman kept firing, Chandler said.
The gunman likely fired from the backyard of a home there, the Sacramento Bee reported.
The paper, citing police scanner chatter, reported a suspect was pinned down and officers authorized to use lethal force.
Police said other officers maintained cover for about 40 minutes until they were able to get an armored vehicle in the area and execute a rescue of the officer who had been injured.
It took more than 45 minutes to get her to the hospital, where the officer was in serious condition, Chandler said.
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Authorities said the suspect was still barricaded inside the home and fired shots as recently as 11:30 p.m.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were assisting the Sacramento Police Department. Police warned residents by loudspeaker to stay out of the area near the intersection of Redwood Avenue and Edgewater Road. Police were keeping media and onlookers out of sight of the scene.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.