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Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene

13 January 2019

The community is mourning the loss of police officer and Arbuckle resident Natalie Corona, who was shot and killed on Thursday while on duty with the Davis Police Department. "Officer Corona sustained gunshot injuries and was transported immediately to the UC Davis Medical Center, where she passed", an emotional Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said at a late-night press conference to announce Corona's death. Proud father Merced Corona pinned a badge on his daughter at academy graduation, the Williams Pioneer Review newspaper reported.

"She was the best of us", said Davis officer Mike Yu, after placing a "Blue Lives Matter" flag at the crime scene, about a mile from the police station.

Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers searched for the suspect, who was later found in a house located near the shooting.

At 1 am officers entered the home and found the suspect dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound. "She would come home, she would be beaming", Merced said. Natalie Corona, 22, was only sworn into her job at the David Police Department last August.

Inside the department, Corona's coworkers spent the day sharing their memories of her.

From the janitor to the police chief, Corona "just wanted to be everybody's friend, and was", the chief said.

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"I don't remember her talking about anything else than wanting to become an officer", Gomez, 26, said, "He prepared her to go to the (police) academy".

In 2016, Corona posted a photo of herself on Facebook wearing a blue dress and a "thin blue line" U.S. flag that honors law enforcement officers.

"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.

She was the first Davis officer killed in the line of duty in six decades. 'She just worked like you can't believe'.

Investigators say it appears he shot himself.

Newsom says he and his wife, Jennifer, are saddened by the death of a woman he called "courageous" who died "protecting her protecting her community from harm".

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"Today, as we deal with the pain and anger we are feeling about the bad 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".

"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", Corona wrote in the October 2016 post. Natalie Corona was shot and killed during a routine call Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. "She felt very strong about that and about protecting the people behind the badge". Authorities have yet to released the identity of the deceased suspect.

Davis Mayor Brett Lee said, "The entire City Council is grief-stricken and heartbroken at this senseless loss of life".

Corona began her service with the department as a community service officer in 2016.

Her death follows the killing of a central California officer on December 26 during a traffic stop. Two suspects were apprehended, but no murder charges ever filed. That killing rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits cooperation by local officials with federal immigration authorities.

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Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene