Sacramento police officer Tara O'Sullivan was killed by shooter who opened fire when officers responded to a call about a domestic disturbance on June 19, 2019.

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Suspect In Officer's Killing Moved To Psychiatric Facility After Injuring Self

Megan Goldsby
June 24, 2019 - 3:48 pm
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The man charged in the killing of a rookie Sacramento police officer last week made his first court appearance wearing a gauze pad covering what officials say was a self-inflicted injury.

Adel Ramos, who has a history of violence, was appointed a public defender during Monday's five-minute hearing. He spoke only to acknowledge his name and did not enter a plea.
 
Sacramento County Sheriffs Sergeant Tess Deterding said Ramos is being watched around the clock in a barren cell after he had to be brought to the hospital Sunday.

"Due to injuries that he sustained from banging his head on the frame of his bed inside of his cell, where he was housed alone and under continuous observation," said Deterding.
 
The 45-year-old Ramos faces a murder charge that could bring him the death penalty in the killing of 26-year-old Officer Tara O'Sullivan.  She was shot several times while assisting a woman leave the home where Ramos opend fire.
   
He's also charged with attempting to kill her training officer, and possessing two illegal assault-style rifles.
 
O'sullivan had just graduated from a special law enforcement program at Sacramento State University.  Mourners held a vigil for her last night at the school. 

"She was the first woman to graduate," said one tearful man. "And that the the other cadets would chose her to be the leader, the commander, that says a lot about her."

The university is now working on a permanent tribute to O'Sullivan.

Memorial services are planned to honor O'Sullivan on Thursday at the Bayside Church's Adventure Campus in Roseville.