Police Identify Man Suspected of Killing Sacramento Officer

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SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento Police Department has identified the man suspected of fatally shooting Officer Tara O’Sullivan as 45-year-old Adel Sambrano Ramos.
Adel Sambrano Ramos (Courtesy: Sacramento Police Department)
Ramos was taken into custody early Thursday morning after an hours-long standoff in North Sacramento. He was booked into jail on suspicion of murder and a misdemeanor charge of battery. Sacramento Police Sgt. Vance Chandler reports just before noon on Wednesday, there was a disturbance between a male and a female at a home on Redwood Avenue near Edgewater Road. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., police met with the woman at a separate location and she was later accompanied by officers to the North Sacramento home so she could retrieve some belongings. While officers were with her at the Redwood Avenue home, police say Ramos, armed with a rifle, fired at them and Officer O’Sullivan was hit by the gunfire around 6:10 p.m. About 45 minutes later, officers were able to use an armored vehicle to rescue O’Sullivan, who lay wounded in a yard nearby. O’Sullivan was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Overnight into Thursday, police say Ramos and officers periodically exchanged gunfire. Police say five officers fired their weapons. “Very anxious,” neighbor Tanja King said. “Hard to sleep with all the noise going on, plus all the anxiety.” Crime scene tape remained up Thursday, though neighbors were allowed to return to their homes. Some visited to pay their respects to O’Sullivan. “Me and another Marine, we are just going to put blue ribbons all over,” Guy Store said, placing ribbons on poles just feet away from where the shooting happened. “It means that in my heart the guys that run around in black and white are loved by people.”

Neighbors Describe Their Interactions With Ramos

Thursday night, neighbors of the suspected cop killer described him as combative and racist. Bobby Butler has lived two doors down from the 45-year-old suspect for a couple of years. He said he still remembers the first time Ramos caught his attention. “My original contact with him is my grandson came home and said that he was calling the neighbor kids the N-word and throwing rats at them and bananas and calling them monkeys,” he told FOX40. “And originally I just told my grandson to stay out of the picture, stay away from him.” Ramos’ legal issues go back decades. Court documents obtained by FOX40 show an active misdemeanor battery case from last year, as well as a theft and battery case from 2001 and 1998 respectively. “He’s had lots of calls against him. He has lots of complaints against him,” said neighbor Angel Beaudoin. “Things should have been done with this guy way before it got to this point.” Beaudoin shot cell phone video while tactical units swarmed Ramos’ home Wednesday. She said less than a year ago, she called police after hearing what she said was a domestic issue coming from his home. “I could hear her screaming, ‘Get out, get out! I’m afraid of you! I don’t want you here! Get out of my house!’” Beaudoin said. A night after the chaos and tragedy that took an officer’s life, Beaudoin said her community is better off without Ramos in it. “Absolutely, I can tell you four families right now that will enjoy a lot more peace that this man is now not a part of their lives,” she said. “He was real quiet and he stayed to himself,” said a man who would only identify as Christopher. Christopher described the moment he found out his friend was arrested in connection with the death of a Sacramento police officer. “Wow, that’s him. Why? Why would he do that?” he said. “I don’t understand. We all get angry. We all get mad. Things happen, you know, there’s always family problems.” Ramos denied FOX40’s request for an interview Thursday.


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