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Go inside the crime scene where officer Tara O’Sullivan was killed

With Tara O’Sullivan lying in a backyard wounded by bullets from a high-powered rifle, her fellow Sacramento police officers needed a rescue plan that wouldn’t result in additional bloodshed.

It was 6:10 p.m. on June 19, and O’Sullivan had arrived with her partner at the Redwood Avenue home in North Sacramento about a half hour earlier to respond to a domestic violence call.

With the front door of the house barricaded and a warrant for assault out on Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45, the officers had asked for additional backup. Three additional officers arrived on site.

Two minutes after O’Sullivan was shot, with gunfire spraying from both sides of the house, officers are heard on police radio traffic requesting a BearCat, the department’s armored vehicle.

The BearCat arrived in 18 minutes, but it would be another 26 minutes before it reached the wounded rookie officer.

Explore this 3D animated visualization of the Redwood Avenue crime scene, synced with audio from police radio transmissions.

Click or touch the interactive to view the scene from different angles. Use your left mouse button to rotate and the scroll wheel to zoom on a computer. On a phone, touch across to rotate and pinch to zoom. As the animation jumps to key moments in the incident, the timestamp at the top left will update.

Scroll down to find a transcript of the police audio traffic.

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Transcript of police radio traffic

Our interactive graphic shortens the time span of the incident from 47 minutes to under 5 minutes. Here’s the complete time span: an unofficial, minute-by-minute transcript of police radio traffic from that evening compiled by Bee staff. Because of the quality of the recording, it is likely that some words have been omitted or misheard.

— Transcribed by Theresa Clift

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