It’s a cop’s worst nightmare. It shows there are no “routine” calls.
Shocking body cam footage was just released in the brutal slaying of Sacramento PD Officer Tara O’Sullivan.
People who oppose the police continually complain about lack of “de-escalation procedures,” excessive force, and the “militarization” of police. This officer and her partners and coworkers responded to a domestic call and were in the process of helping a woman gather her things so she could escape a bad situation. In the explosive scenario that rapidly developed, Officer Tara O’Sullivan of the Sacramento Police Department was killed. Her death is being investigated as a homicide.
According to the Sacramento PD press release this weekend, “On June 19, 2019, the Sacramento Police Department received a call regarding a disturbance between a male and a female. Officers made contact with the involved female at a residence in the 3700 block of Esperanza Drive. Officers then responded to a residence in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue to standby while the involved female gathered some belongings from a residence. At approximately 6:10 p.m., officers on scene reported shots had been fired, and an officer was struck by gun fire. The officer who was shot, Tara Christina O’Sullivan succumbed to her injuries after being transported to the hospital. The suspect, 45-year old Adel Sambrano Ramos, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on charges relating to the murder of Officer O’Sullivan.”
Ironically, as par the course, the Sacramento PD faces criticism because it took 45 minutes to get to Officer O’Sullivan. Obviously, no one can walk through a hail of bullets, and the misguided person handing out such criticism clearly doesn’t understand that concept. This is typical of knee-jerk reactions by Monday Morning Quarterbacks who have no idea what officers on the scene were facing.
Body cam footage shows the reason(s) why that delay occurred and shows the moments before and during the ambush. The fear is real and evident. The reactions are real. You can tell that the officer with the bodycam had no idea, initially, where the shots were coming from. I’m sure they just wanted to avoid being shot and get to cover so they could assess the situation.
The footage also showed that the officers were non-confrontational and trying to solve the mystery of the missing man and figure out why the doors were blocked and barricaded. This man was ready and watching and attacked the group of officers from behind. As the original officer reaches the door, he can be heard identifying himself and announcing that no one was in trouble or being arrested.
As one officer steps inside the home, gunshots begin ringing out. The body worn camera of the officer shows as he ducks for cover, running into the backyard, unsure of where the rounds were coming from.
“It’s a high caliber rifle,” the officer says as he takes cover. That’s when he calls over the radio that officer O’Sullivan was down. Units scramble to try and figure out where the hidden gunman was hiding.
The photographs in the press release indicate highly modified and custom weapons. These weren’t weapons you buy off the shelf. The AR-15 had a custom trigger group, stock, and slide/bolt assembly. The sniper rifle was built on a custom chassis much like Surgeon or McMillan specialty rifles. This man was prepared to assault these officers, and one paid with her life. The man was also armed with a handgun and a shotgun, and he used all four weapons during his four-hour assault on police – this was evident by the shell casings from all four weapons being present in the house, found on the floor.
Once again, we are reminded that there are no “routine” calls. A police officer, deputy, border patrol agent, or anyone else in the police community may truly be ambushed at any minute during seemingly normal operations. The escalation of violence against the police community, largely encouraged and instigated by many of our more liberal leaders has led to the deaths and injuries of numerous officers. People are emboldened to kill or injure the police because our leaders no longer instruct us to respect authority or the person with a badge. Respect and concern for life and welfare must come from the top down, and city leaders, and even some police administrators have actively impacted officer safety through lax policies and attitudes, or outright disdain for our police.
A full version of the events that unfolded can be viewed below. WARNING – this footage is graphic and may not be suitable for all viewers. Discretion is advised.
Although we have lost Officer O’Sullivan and given the amount of firepower and this man’s obvious intentions, it’s an incredible job to have officers on scene and crisis handlers to limit further bloodshed in the residential neighborhood.
Our hearts go out to this officer’s family and friends, and those coworkers she left behind with the Sacramento PD.
Ramos is set to appear Monday for his first court appearance.