Sacramento police officer Tara O & Sullivan lay bleeding on the floor as shots echoed and her colleagues tried to get at her. The suspect shot continuously and prevented officials from reaching them for at least 45 minutes, the authorities said.
26-year-old O & # 39; Sullivan and his colleagues rode to a home in Sacramento after a trouble visit Wednesday and helped a woman collect her belongings when a man opened the fire, police chief Daniel Hahn said.
Equipped with a seemingly strong rifle, the suspect shot every time he saw a movement – at least 30 times in the next four hours. To repel him, officers fired more than 100 rounds back, Hahn said.
Police vehicles, ballistic vests and ballistic shields were no match for the hail and the police requested an armored vehicle to rescue O & Sullivan as she lay in the backyard with fatal gunshot wounds.
When they arrived, it was too late. The tense stalemate and the dangerous rescue ended with a suspect in custody and an officer in the lurch.
O & Sullivan had recently graduated from the Police Academy and was due to be alone in a few weeks.
"She helped a woman get out of an environment she did not want to be in and helped her get her belongings," Hahn told reporters on Friday. "She has paid the ultimate sacrifice."
The Police Called for Assistance After Finding Weapons
The incident started with a fault call at 11:43 local time and dragged on for hours.
When the officers arrived home, they found the front door barricaded, Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler said. O & # 39; sullivan and her education officer learned that the man had a connection to the house next door, so they went there to contact him and get the woman's possessions. He was not there, Chandler said, but they found two firearms.
The two officers requested assistance, and three other officers responded.
The woman told the officials that she also had things in the free-standing garage in the back of the yard. Without knowing where the suspect was and whether he was armed, the five police officers approached the garage together.
The body cameras released on Friday show the head policeman entering the garage door.
"Police Department, if you're here, let me know," the official shouted. "You're not in trouble, dude."
Shots were fired and the stalemate dragged on. The officers finally went to the house with the woman at 17:41.
The suspect allegedly had weapons throughout the house.
There followed a more than four-hour stalemate.
As the officers approached the garage in the background, the suspect stayed in the main house, where the police later found four weapons: two assault rifles, a pistol, and a shotgun, Chandler said. The weapons are strategically distributed throughout the house, he added, and the police later found housing throughout the house.
The suspect also had several cameras in the house and probably used them to watch police movements, he said.
Hahn described it as an ambush.
"The suspect's actions indicate that he intended to assassinate additional officers and took action to achieve just that, and repeatedly shot at officers during much of that incident," he said.
The Rescue: Officers Carry Them Through Shots
As the bullets flew, O & # 39; sullivan stayed in the yard, still in the line of fire.
When the armored vehicle arrived 14 minutes later, local officials had to figure out how to maneuver the vehicle through a pole, a chain link fence, and a wooden fence to reach it, the police said.
As they approached O & Sullivan, a policeman jumped out and fired at the suspect while the others ran to pull them into the vehicle, Chandler said. As they withdrew from the scene, the armored car was "disabled," Chandler said. The officers carried her to the patrol car and drove her to the hospital.
After hours of negotiations, the suspect surrendered.
Eliott C. McLaughlin and Joe Sutton of CNN contributed to this report.