The Latest: Slain Sacramento policewoman was ambushed
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a shooting that killed a Sacramento police officer (all times local):
Sacramento police say a rookie officer who died during a domestic violence call was ambushed by a gunman and had no chance of surviving her wounds.
Chief Daniel Hahn gave a news conference late Friday night during which he released police body-camera footage of the confrontation with a heavily-armed gunman Wednesday night who killed 26-year-old Tara O’Sullivan.
The department has faced criticism because it took officers 45 minutes to rescue the wounded officer, who died at a hospital.
Adel Sambrano Ramos was charged Friday.
Hahn said the attacker placed four weapons in different rooms of his house and shot them at officers who knocked on his door. The shooting continued for hours.
Hahn said officers couldn’t immediately rescue O’Sullivan because the high-powered bullets could have punctured their protective vests, wounding or killing them.
A California man accused of killing a rookie Sacramento police officer was a wanted man when the fatal shots were fired.
Nine days before Officer Tara O’Sullivan was gunned down Wednesday, a judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Adel Sambrano Ramos for failing to appear on a charge of battering a young woman.
It’s unclear if any attempt was made to arrest him before police say he opened fire as O’Sullivan and other officers helped an unidentified woman collect her belongings from a Sacramento home.
However, authorities say lower-level warrants like the one Ramos faced rarely lead police to actively seek an arrest.
California Police Chiefs Association president Ronald Lawrence says that’s typical across the state, but in this case tragically allowed the “appalling” slaying of an officer.