Northern California rookie police officer fatally shot responding to crash

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- The memorial to slain Davis police officer Natalie Corona, a rookie killed in the line of duty, has grown all evening.

Early this morning, Davis Police confirmed that the suspect was discovered deceased inside a home near the corner of 5th and E streets in Davis.

CBS Sacramento reports Corona was sworn in as an officer just two weeks ago.

At a press conference, Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said that Corona was "a rising star in the department".

Before she entered the academy, the Davis Police Department ran out of funding for the paid position she had been in.

She is survived by her parents.


The chief called the officer's death "an absolutely devastating loss". Merced Corona, a retired sheriff's sergeant, said his 22-year-old daughter was living at home with him and her three sisters.

She wrote in a status update in 2016: 'I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are now serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country'. "We join all Californians in mourning the loss of this courageous officer and extend our deepest condolences to Officer Corona's family, friends, and coworkers". The photograph published by the Williams Pioneer Review shows her father pinning on her badge as Corona stands with arms at her side and a big smile.

Corona fell to the ground with a single gunshot to the neck, but Pytel said the suspect continued firing, unloading a magazine from a semi-automatic handgun.

Investigators say it appears he shot himself.

Corona is the first law-enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Yolo County since June 15, 2008, when Yolo County sheriff's Deputy Jose "Tony" Diaz was gunned down after pursuing a suspected drunk driver in rural Dunnigan. Authorities have yet to released the identity of the deceased suspect. "She felt very strong about that and about protecting the people behind the badge".

"She just enjoyed her job".


Davis' last officer to die on duty was Douglas Cantrill, who was found inside his patrol vehicle with a gunshot wound to his heart September 7, 1959. Cantrill was killed in the line of duty in 1959. "So, you know, this is a department that's not really used to that".

"But that was the last time", Doroshov said.

The gunman then reloaded and began shooting seemingly at random, striking a house, a fire engine, a passing bus and a backpack whose owner had been loading it into her auto trunk.

Pascual says he had handed over his license to Davis police officer Natalie Corona when he heard the gunshots.

"She would lay down her life". Davis firefighters on duty at the downtown station responded immediately and began lifesaving effort before her transport to the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

Her death follows the killing of a central California officer on December 26 during a traffic stop. His alleged killer, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an undocumented immigrant. was found after a manhunt and his now facing charges for his murder. That killing rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits cooperation by local officials with federal immigration authorities.


The incident that led to fatal shooting began at about 6:40 p.m. with reports of a three-vehicle collision at Fifth and D streets, not far from the Davis Fire Department headquarters.

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