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Sacramento to name baseball field after slain LEO

The park is located a half-mile from where Tara O’Sullivan was killed trying to help a domestic violence victim leave her home


Tara O’Sullivan died in the line of duty in 2019.


Theresa Clift
The Sacramento Bee

SACRAMENTO, — The Sacramento City Council is set to name a north Sacramento baseball field after Tara O’Sullivan, the 26-year-old Sacramento officer who was gunned down in the line of duty in June.

The council will vote Tuesday to name Woodlake Park’s baseball diamond Tara O’Sullivan Memorial Field, according to a staff report.

“I thought it was a great idea to honor Officer O’Sullivan,” said Councilman Allen Warren, who represents North Sacramento. “She loved sports, loved being a police officer and loved our community.”

The city will install a new concrete sign, which will cost about $20,000, at the field displaying the new name, the report said.

The park is located about a half-mile from the backyard where O’Sullivan was slain while trying to help a domestic violence victim get her belonging from a house. It was the department’s first death in the line of duty in 20 years.

O’Sullivan, born in the Easy Bay, graduated from Sacramento State and joined the Sacramento Police Department in 2018.

“She was a dedicated police officer who devoted her time helping victims of domestic violence,” the staff report reads. “Despite Tara’s small stature, she dominated all physical aspects of the police academy and broke two records in the process. Tara acted as a selfless hero who was assisting the victim to retrieve belongings from her attacker’s home when she was shot multiple times.

“Tara will always be remembered as a vibrant, energetic and passionate community servant who rose through the ranks to serve the community with purpose.”