Rookie police officer in Northern California shot and killed

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

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.

"This clearly, to us, looks like an ambush", Pytel told reporters.

The suspect - described only as a white male in his 20s - had no prior criminal record or history of violence, according to police officials who spoke at the news conference.

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

"She was extremely well loved by our community and will be deeply missed", said Mary Grimmer. She graduated from the police academy in July.

Less than a month after a policeman was shot and killed at a traffic stop in the city of Newman, another Northern California police officer was shot and killed, this time in Davis.

He said that he had concerns about her decision to become a police officer. Corona was the first officer in the department to die in the line of duty since 1959.

Miraculously, no one else was injured - including a firefighter whom the suspect chased after and shot at, hitting him in the boot, Pytel said.

The gunman's name was not released. My heart is broken'. "Your family at the Colusa County Sheriff's Office stands with you in this hard time".

"Natalie was just a person full of life", said Robert Corona, Natalie's cousin.

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

Merced Corona (left), pins his daughter, Natalie Corona's badge on her during a swearing-in ceremony in the City of Davis on August 2. Despite the valiant efforts of paramedics who rushed her to the hospital, and UC Davis Medical Center personnel, she succumbed to her injuries. "We join all Californians in mourning the loss of this courageous officer and extend our deepest condolences to Officer Corona's family, friends, and co-workers".

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"She would lay down her life. This incident is a sad reminder of the risks that our public safety employees take every day on our community's behalf". "Anything", said Davis resident Tracey Winton.

"I have two nephews who are CHP sergeants; more of our family are kind of leaning toward the law enforcement professions".

Corona came from a law enforcement family.

"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".

Meanwhile, plans for laying Corona to rest are still pending.

Pytel described Corona as a "rising star in the department".

"We are always proud of the work our officers do, but have a little extra pride today". He said from the first day in the academy to the last day of an officer's career, they're mindful of these unsafe possibilities.

"She just enjoyed her job".

"At one point he did come out", Pytel said. Payne, mother to a young child, had graduated from the police academy in November, per CBS News.

"She had such a big heart", Nicole said. She just enjoyed her job. He said he was shocked this morning to hear about Corona's murder.

Gov. John Bel Edwards weighed in on the fatal shooting, calling the death a "tragic loss".

In October 2016, Corona posted a picture on Facebook. But I chose to stand tall on my dream. He said of the 22-year-old woman that "everybody who met her liked her". "I think she died doing what she loved to do".

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