Memorial services for a Sacramento police officer killed in the line of duty will be held Thursday.
Rookie Officer Tara O’Sullivan, 26, will be honored at the Bayside Church’s Adventure Campus in Roseville, California, according to Sacramento police.
O’Sullivan was fatally shot during a domestic violence call Wednesday night as she and other officers helped an unidentified woman pack her belongings from the garage of a North Sacramento home, authorities said.
The suspected gunman, Adel Sambrano Ramos, is due in court Monday on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and possessing two illegal assault rifles. Public defender Norm Dawson has declined to comment on behalf of Ramos until he has more details about the case.
Sacramento police have been criticized for a 45-minute delay in reaching their wounded comrade, but officials said late Friday she was shot several times and one of the wounds was "non-survivable."
Authorities said Ramos was heavily armed with assault rifles, a shotgun and a handgun and fired dozens of times at officers over an hours-long standoff.
Police Chief Daniel Hahn said the officers’ patrol car doors and protective vests could not have protected them from the high-powered rifle rounds and they could have been killed trying to rescue O’Sullivan.
O’Sullivan is the first Sacramento police officer to be killed on the job in two decades. She graduated from the police academy in December and was working with a training officer.
A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, O’Sullivan was a member of the first class of a law enforcement training program at California State University, Sacramento. The school plans a scholarship in O’Sullivan’s honor.