BREAKING NEWS US cuts World Health Organization ties over virus response Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Brother identifies suspect in killing of officer

The brother of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Sacramento police officer says he has a history of domestic violence and drug abuse and has been in and out of jail for years.

Posted: Jun 20, 2019 8:47 AM
Updated: Jun 20, 2019 2:25 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The Latest on the killing of a Sacramento police officer (all times local):

2 p.m.

The brother of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a Sacramento police officer says he has a history of domestic violence and drug abuse and has been in and out of jail for years.

Orlando Ramos told The Associated Press that he learned Thursday his 45-year-old brother Adel Sambrano Ramos was arrested in the killing of 26-year-old Officer Tara O'Sullivan.

He says Adel Ramos has been estranged from the family for years and has convictions that include driving under the influence, drug charges and domestic violence.

The Sacramento Bee reports Adel Ramos was booked into the county jail just before 6 a.m. on one count of murder.

Orlando Ramos says he's heartbroken at the pain his mother is going through and for the police officer and her family.

He says he hopes his older brother "spends the rest of his life in prison.

___

11:20 a.m. 

A law enforcement expert says it's "unacceptable" that it took Sacramento police officers nearly an hour to reach a colleague who was wounded during a domestic violence call and later died.

Police say officers couldn't reach 26-year-old Tara O'Sullivan because the gunman kept firing at them.

Former New York Police Department Inspector Stephen Nasta said Thursday that officers should have commandeered an armored car, bus or heavy construction equipment if they had no immediate access to an armored police vehicle.

Nasta says police also could have used a diversionary tactic such as firing at the home, deploying smoke grenades or breaking a door or window in another part of the home.

O'Sullivan died at a hospital after the Wednesday evening attack. The suspect, who has not been identified, surrendered to police after an eight-hour standoff.

___

9:30 a.m.

A Sacramento officer killed during a domestic violence call had been on the police force for just six months.

The Sacramento Police Department said in a statement Thursday that 26-year-old Officer Tara O'Sullivan graduated from the police academy in December.

Before that, she worked as a community service officer and studied at Sacramento State University, where she graduated with a degree in child development about a year ago.

Deputy Chief Dave Peletta says the department is devastated over the loss of "our young, brave officer."

A suspect in the shooting Wednesday surrendered after an eight-hour standoff. His name has not been released.

The department said detectives are gathering evidence at the home in a Sacramento neighborhood.

___

7:15 a.m.

Sacramento police say a man suspected of fatally shooting a police officer who was on a domestic violence call has surrendered to authorities and is in police custody.

The Sacramento Police Department said in a statement Thursday that investigators are still gathering evidence at the location where 26-year-old Officer Tara O'Sullivan was shot on Wednesday.

Police have said O'Sullivan was assisting a woman removing belongings from a home in the north Sacramento neighborhood when the suspect opened fire. The woman who was being assisted was not hurt.

Police say the suspect fired his rifle on and off during an 8-hour standoff before he surrendered.

It took officers 45 minutes to rescue the wounded O'Sullivan because the gunman kept firing. She died at a hospital.

The suspect was not immediately identified.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 103813

Reported Deaths: 3993
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles498602241
Riverside7341313
San Diego7100260
Orange5744142
San Bernardino4914190
Alameda309794
Santa Clara2701140
San Francisco243740
San Mateo202282
Kern200737
Tulare183580
Fresno165832
Santa Barbara163612
Imperial144326
Contra Costa138437
Sacramento134956
Ventura106232
San Joaquin84235
Kings7043
Stanislaus68328
Sonoma5304
Solano50922
Monterey4699
Marin43614
Merced2807
San Luis Obispo2681
Yolo20723
Santa Cruz2062
Placer1969
Napa1113
Humboldt983
Madera942
San Benito852
El Dorado840
Del Norte440
Sutter422
Nevada411
Butte400
Shasta374
Mono351
Yuba281
Mendocino250
Lake230
Inyo191
Mariposa161
Calaveras150
Glenn140
Amador100
Siskiyou60
Colusa50
Lassen50
Tuolumne40
Plumas40
Tehama41
Alpine20
Trinity10
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 61°
Feels Like: 86°
Oroville
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 90°
Paradise
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 86°
Chester
Clear
88° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 88°
Red Bluff
Clear
98° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 99°
Willows
Scattered Clouds
86° wxIcon
Hi: 96° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 86°
We'll be staying hot on Friday, but won't be as hot as the last few days. The potential for active weather returns Friday night into Saturday and much cooler temperatures are on the way for your weekend.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events