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Sacramento renaming baseball field after slain officer Tara O'Sullivan

Sacramento City Council decided to rename Woodlake Park's softball field in honor of the late police officer.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday to rename a Woodlake Park softball field in honor of fallen Sacramento Police Officer Tara O'Sullivan

The park is a half-mile from the backyard where the 26-year-old O'Sullivan was shot and killed on June 19, 2019. O'Sullivan was responding to domestic violence calling in north Sacramento, and in the process of helping the woman collect her things, O'Sullivan was shot. 

Woodlake Park, 500 Arden Way, features a softball field, amphitheater, tennis court, clubhouse and Peace Officer's Memorial.

O'Sullivan touched many lives in her short life. She earned a bachelor's degree in child development from California State University, Sacramento, a campus where many mourned her death. 

Days after O'Sullivan died, Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen said when he asked her why she would go into the police force with a child development degree. He told ABC10 that her response was, "I'm learning all of the skills I need to be an officer."

"We lost a hero. We lost a leader," Nelsen added in the interview. "We lost somebody who we love."

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Adel Sambrano Ramos,46, the suspect in O'Sullivan's death, now faces 13 charges in her death. Initially, he faced four charges after the shooting — one count of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of possessing an assault rifle.

The amended complaint from District Attorney Anne Marie-Schubert makes Ramos eligible for the death penalty, something that Gov. Gavin Newsom put a moratorium on in March 2019.



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