Young cop following in her dad's footsteps shot dead at crash scene

Young cop following in her dad's footsteps shot dead at crash scene

Young cop following in her dad's footsteps shot dead at crash scene

Natalie Corona, 22, had only been on the job for a few weeks in Davis, California, when she was called to a three-car crash at 6:45 p.m PT (9:45 p.m. ET) on Thursday, police said.

Corona died at the UC Davis Medical Center in nearby Sacramento. The shooting occurring at a collision scene to which Corona responded just a few weeks after starting her first solo patrol shift with the agency.

As the eldest of four daughters, Corona grew up dreaming of becoming a law enforcement officer like her father, said her cousin, Emily Gomez, 26. She finished the police academy in July and was promoted to police officer upon graduation.

Eventually, officers found the suspect dead inside the home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel told reporters Corona was "a rising star in the department".

The shooting death of Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona Thursday night began with a routine collision that spiraled out of control when a bystander suddenly opened fire on Corona at close range, according to one of the drivers in the crash. "The department did a big donation drive with the fires up in Paradise and I know she took a very active role on that".

At about 7 p.m. ob Thursday, Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, arrived at the scene of a three-car crash.

He said Corona was "just full, full of life and full of energy, and just an absolute pleasure to be around".

"She just had a very caring personality", he 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".

Following the shooting, officers launched a manhunt for the gunman in downtown Davis.

Corona is the first Davis police officer to die in the line of duty in 60 years. 'She just worked like you can't believe'.

From his vantage point, Kingston didn't see Natalie Corona, a 22-year-old rookie officer with the Davis Police Department, get hit.

"Jennifer and I are terribly saddened to learn of the death of Officer Corona", the governor's statement said.

"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", she captioned the photo.

Natalie Corona was shot and killed during a routine call on January 10, 2019.

"Today, as we deal with the pain and anger we are feeling about the awful loss of such a young, promising public servant, we should all focus on supporting Natalie's family, her colleagues, and our whole community, including Arbuckle, where Natalie grew up, said Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, whose district includes southern Colusa County". Authorities have yet to released the identity of the deceased suspect.

The University of California, Davis, is warning residents to shelter in place after an officer-involved shooting broke out on Thursday evening.

They surrounded the corner house and issued commands for the suspect to come out.

Her death follows the killing of a central California officer on December 26 during a traffic stop. Authorities said Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally and was preparing to flee to Mexico when he was arrested.

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