Davis police officer shot, killed; suspect dead

Davis police officer shot, killed; suspect dead

Natalie Corona of the Davis Police Department was arriving at the scene of a three-car collision in downtown Davis when a man on a bicycle pulled up and opened fire on the officer, according to new details of the shooting released late Friday.

Corona was the first Davis police officer killed in the line of duty since Douglas Cantrill was gunned down September 7, 1959, the Bee reported. She completed her training just before Christmas and became a full-time officer.

A photograph published by the Williams Pioneer Review shows her father, Merced Corona, pinning her badge at her swearing-in ceremony in August.

"At this point", Davis police Chief Darren Pytel said at a Friday news conference, "we're speculating that [Officer Corona] never saw him".

Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers searched for the suspect, who was later found in a house about a block away from the shooting.

Police said that the suspect took his own life inside the home after coming in and out a few times in a bulletproof vest.

His motive remains unknown, and Pytel said he did not know whether the outside investigators who are leading the homicide investigation have obtained information that would explain his assault on an officer.

Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that he and his wife are "terribly saddened to learn of the death.Officer Corona was protecting her community from harm when she was tragically shot in the line of duty". Corona, 22, who had been on the job only a few weeks was killed while investigating a vehicle collision.

Doroshov, whose agency's last shooting of a police officer occurred in 1959, said the tight-knit, family oriented department of about 60 sworn officers is holding up as best as it can.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was later found dead inside a home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a short standoff with officers, the Davis Police Department said Friday.

There, he met with a roommate, "and really didn't show any signs that he had just been involved in this incident", Pytel said.

"He shouted some stuff, went back in and came back out with a firearm, then went back inside, pushed a couch in front of the door and officers heard a gunshot", Pytel said.

"When I looked up and I saw the officer on the ground, he was already walking due west ... just shooting at what looked like random people to me", Pascual added.

In the Louisiana shooting, Payne, who also was newly hired, was in uniform and getting ready for work when she was gunned down at a Shreveport home, police Chief Ben Raymond said.

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

"We are extremely proud of Natalie and all her accomplishments at such a young age", Merced Corona told the newspaper at the time.

He said his daughter should be remembered for her caring heart. "All she wanted to do was help people".

Corona was the second officer killed in California in the past two and a half weeks. Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department, was shot to death December 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver.

They said it happened in downtown Davis and a suspect is still outstanding.

Gustavo Arriaga Perez, also 33, was charged with the murder. That killing rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits co-operation by local officials with federal immigration authorities.

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