Police Officer Tara Christina O'Sullivan

Police Officer Tara Christina O'Sullivan

Sacramento Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Add to My Heroes

Tara Christina O'Sullivan

Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan was shot and killed at the scene of a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Redwood Avenue at 6:10 pm.

She was standing in the yard while assisting a woman to retrieve belongings from a home when a male subject inside opened fire with a rifle, striking Officer O'Sullivan. The subject continued to fire at other officers, preventing them from reaching Officer O'Sullivan or rendering aid to her. Approximately 30 minutes later an armored vehicle arrived, and they were able to rescue her from the yard. She was transported to a local hospital where she succumbed to her wounds.

The subject remained barricaded inside the home for several more hours while negotiators communicated with him. He surrendered at 2:00 am the following morning.

Officer O'Sullivan had served with the Sacramento Police Department for six months and previously served as a Community Service Officer.

In February 2020, the Sacramento City Council renamed Woodlake Park's baseball field to Officer Tara O'Sullivan Memorial Field.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 6 months
  • Badge 349

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender In custody

ambush, domestic

Most Recent Reflection

View all 233 Reflections

Dear Officer O’Sullivan,

Thank you for your service. I remember seeing the videos on YouTube, and reading the news stories. An officer in my city had been gunned down trying to protect a woman from a violent piece of garbage.

Ma’am, after reading your story, I thought, “she gave her life serving our community, what’s my excuse? What have I done to help?”. It was the first time I’d ever considered a career in Law Enforcement.

I haven’t started the academy yet, but I am proud to say that I am on my way. I took my Pellet-B, and my oral exam. Have to retake my PAT (injured myself). You inspired me, Ma’am, and your story is one part of what keeps driving me to be a police officer.

Thank you. Rest In Peace. You are remembered even by those you never met.

Hopeful future SPD officer

January 11, 2021

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.