Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Heartbreaking: 22-Year-Old Rookie Police Officer Natalie Corona Killed in Shooting

Heartbreaking: 22-Year-Old Rookie Police Officer Natalie Corona Killed in Shooting

Natalie Corona of the Davis Police Department was shot by one of the people involved in a three-car crash on January 10 in downtown Davis, blocks away from the University of California, Davis campus.

A man was seen walking holding a black and grey American flag, outside UC Davis Medical Center in honor of a Davis police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Corona had just completed her field training a few weeks earlier and was on patrol Thursday when she responded to a triple auto accident at 6:45 PM.

The shooting devastated the Davis Police Department, which has about 60 sworn officers and about 30 other employees.

During the search for the suspect, authorities issued a shelter in place order for the UC Davis community and local residents.

After the shooting, the gunman ran toward a rental home he shared with a roommate where he gave no hint about the rampage he had just conducted outside, Pytel said.

She started working for the Davis Police Department in 2016 in community services.

The 22-year-old officer was taken to Ochsner LSU Health hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

- A 22-year-old police officer who had been on the job a few months died late Thursday night after being shot in northern California by a suspect who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

One of the drivers in the crash, Christian Pascual, 25, said the shooter appeared to have been a bystander who fired from behind him.

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The gunman then began firing indiscriminately, striking a nearby firetruck, a house, a passing bus and the backpack of a woman whose life was spared when the bullet became lodged in a textbook, the chief said.

Inside the department, Corona's co-workers spent the day sharing their memories of her.

He said his daughter should be remembered for her caring heart.

This Aug. 2, 2018 photo provided by Williams Pioneer Review shows Merced Corona, left, pins his daughter Natalie Corona's badge on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, California. "I think she died doing what she loved to do".

Stone has called Davis home for most of her life.

"We join all Californians in mourning the loss of this courageous officer and extend our deepest condolences to Officer Corona's family, friends, and coworkers", he said. Her mother is a first-grade teacher, and two cousins are also in law enforcement, Gomez said.

Corona was the second California police officer gunned down in recent weeks in California. Cpl. "If you offered her anything, she was always like 'no no, I've got it, don't worry about it.' She was always willing to give". "All she wanted to do was help people".

"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". Chief Pytel reports the last time his department experienced a shooting-involved death of one of their officers was in 1959 when Officer Douglas Cantrill was killed by gunfire. Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department was shot to death on December 26, during a DUI stop.

Gustavo Arriaga Perez, also 33, was charged with the murder.

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