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Police officer Tara O’Sullivan killed in North Sacramento shooting, officials confirm

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The Sacramento Police Department has announced that the officer who was shot Wednesday in north Sacramento has died.

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Police Deputy Chief Dave Peletta confirmed to reporters at news conference Thursday morning that Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, succumbed to her injuries at UC Davis Medical Center hours after she was attacked by a gunman during a domestic violence assistance call in north Sacramento.

“We’re devastated tonight,” Peletta said in announcing the news. Peletta was joined at the news conference just before 1 a.m. by Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Councilwoman Angelique Ashby.

O’Sullivan was partnered with a training officer when the attack occurred just after 6 p.m., Peletta said. He did not provide any additional details, citing the active situation where the shooting took place.

Steinberg called Wednesday “a horrible night for the City of Sacramento.”

“As a father of a 25-year-old daughter, I grieve with you,” he said. “We are heartbroken and here for you.”

And while it’s been 20 years since a Sacramento police officer lost their life in the line of duty, the last two police academy classes have both lost an officer, Steinberg said.

Natalie Corona, 22, a Davis police officer, was shot and killed Jan. 10 while responding to a traffic incident in downtown Davis. Steinberg said both women were committing to protecting their communities and serving selflessly. “This is not fair, and it is not right,” he said.

According to city records, O’Sullivan was a community service officer who 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.

She was a child development major at Sac State, according to a press release from the school.

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