Davis police officer shot and killed

Natalie Corona

Natalie Corona

At about 7 p.m. ob Thursday, Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, arrived at the scene of a three-car crash. The suspect did exit the house at one point wearing a bullet-proof vest, "shouted some stuff" and went back inside, Pytel said.

"She's the cop that any community would want", said Lt. Paul Doroshov, a spokesman for the Davis police department.

"She responded to a traffic collision and it was there that a person walked up and shots were fired", Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said.

Family members and friends were in mourning Friday as they tried to make sense of the fatal shooting that took the life of rookie Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona during what started as a routine vehicle accident investigation.

A manhunt for the shooter ended hours later when police found him dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a home in Davis. He stepped down from the force in 2012 after 26 years.

Corona's dad was a veteran of the nearby Colusa County Sheriff's Department. My heart is broken'. She was shot in the neck and then several other times as she lay on the ground.

There, he met with a roommate, "and really didn't show any signs that he had just been involved in this incident", Pytel said.

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

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. Despite the valiant efforts of paramedics who rushed her to the hospital, and UC Davis Medical Center personnel, she succumbed to her injuries.

Do pray for all of Officer Corona's friends and family at this incredibly painful time.

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

"Sadly this reminds us that public safety is a risky job and can come at a very steep price. Anything", said Davis resident Tracey Winton.

I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who...

In 2016, Corona posted a photo of herself on Facebook wearing a blue dress and a "thin blue line" United States flag that honors law enforcement officers. "#LawEnforcement #Blueline #Thankyou #Lausphotography - feeling thankful".

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

Isabel Espindola, who worked with Corona at Colusa Casino Resort prior to Corona's police training, said of her friend, "She was so excited to start the police academy".

Police had surrounded the suspect's location, a home on Fifth Street not far from D Street, following the shooting.

"I don't remember her talking about anything else than wanting to become an officer", said Gomez, who said her cousin was an athletic star in high school, excelling in volleyball, basketball and track.

Payne was hired in July as an academy cadet and graduated in November.

"I just knew that I had to get out of there once I saw the gun and what was happening", he said.

She was a sweetheart, full of smiles and laughter and will be sorely missed.

"She had such a big heart", Nicole said.

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

Corona's own Facebook page includes a glamorous picture of herself in a royal blue gown, holding a "Blue Lives Matter" flag, with a tribute that now rings eerily. "We may not understand it, but the lord has his plan for all of us, and God chose to take her from us, but we're not angry".

"You're just so proud of them, you know that that's what they were made for", Merced said.

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