January 11, 2018 – In Breaking News – NBC Bay Area
A 22-year-old Davis police officer, on the beat for just a few weeks and considered a rising star in her department, was shot and killed Thursday evening while responding to a traffic accident in the Northern California college town.
Officer Natalie Corona’s suspected killer was found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound at a house in the area, according to the Davis Police Department.
“I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men & women who have served, who are currently serving, & those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country.” Officer Corona we’re eternally grateful for you. pic.twitter.com/vYGEKDIoCm
— Nathan Trauernicht (@FireChiefT) January 11, 2019
The shooting occurred about 6:45 p.m. in the area of Fifth and C streets near downtown, police said.
Corona was responding alone to a three-car crash in the area when she was shot.
(Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona, who was sworn in two weeks ago, was shot and killed by a gunman after responding to a traffic collision. The shooter was later found dead. Anne Makovec reports. Courtesy of KPIX CBS SF Bay Area and YouTube. Posted on January 11, 19)
“She was a rising star in the department and I’ve known her for a couple years,” Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said in a late-night news conference.
“She started as a part-time employee, volunteer. I can tell you that I’ve never seen anybody work harder in a part-time capacity and be more motivated to be a police officer than Natalie.”
“She’s just absolutely a star in the department and somebody that pretty much every department looked to as a close friend, a sister.”
Pytel added she had “been out on her own for just a couple of weeks.”
(Natalie Corona, a Davis police officer, was shot and killed after responding to a car crash on Jan. 10, 2019. Courtesy of the Sacramento Bee and YouTube. Posted on Jan 11, 2019.)
Corona was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she later died, police said.
Police have not determined what prompted the attack.
Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona. Our deepest condolences go out to the Davis Police Department and the friends and family of Natalie Corona. Please keep them in your prayers. pic.twitter.com/xdXJVMNjtV
— Winters Police Department (@WintersPolice) January 11, 2019
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Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Corona, both blood and blue. Thank you Officer for your bravery and commitment in serving the citizens of Davis with pride and distinction. You will not be forgotten.
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