Sacramento Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan lay on the ground bleeding as gunshots echoed and her colleagues tried to get her. The suspect fired incessantly, preventing officers from reaching her for at least 45 minutes, authorities said.
O'Sullivan, 26, and her fellow officers had gone home in Sacramento after a disturbance call Wednesday and were helping a woman gather her belongings when a man opened fire, Police Chief Daniel Hahn said.
Armed with what appeared to be a high-powered rifle, police said, the suspect blasted rounds every time he saw movement – at least 30 times over the next four hours. The police officers, balistic vests and ballistic shields were no match for the hail of bullets, so police have requested an armored vehicle to rescue O'Sullivan as she lay in the backyard with fatal gunshot wounds.
By the time they got to her, it was too late.
O'Sullivan had recently graduated from the police academy and was scheduled to be on her own in a few weeks.
"She was helping a woman get away from an environment she did not want to be in and helping her get her belongings," Hahn told reporters Friday. (1
The woman told the officers she also had belongings in the detached garage at the back of the yard. Not knowing where the suspect was and if he was armed, the five officers approached the garage together.
Body camera footage released Friday shows the lead officer entering the doorway of the garage.
"Police Department. If you're here let me know," the officer called out. "You're not in trouble, dude."
Shots rang out and the standoff dragged on. Officers finally went to the house with the woman at 5:41 pm.