Northern California rookie police officer fatally shot responding to crash

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

He said as terrified bystanders ran, he saw the shooter calmly walk away before he lost sight of him in the crowd.

A rookie California police officer was fatally shot Thursday night when a suspect at an accident scene opened fire, the Sacramento Beereported.

She graduated from the police academy this past July, and her proud father, Colusa County Supervisor Merced Corona, a retired sergeant with the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, pinned her badge to her uniform on August 2.

Pytel called Corona "a rising star in the department" who was "full of life and energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around".

"This is a community that's not really used to that", he said.

Corona's father, Merced, is a retired Colusa County sheriff's sergeant in California.

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

A female rookie police officer was shot dead Thursday night, the second killed in the last two days in the United States.

He said the shots came from directly behind him, with the gunman firing over his right shoulder so close to his ear that he was suffering from hearing loss Friday morning.

Police work was her calling and Corona was the city's first hire under a recruitment program that paid her college tuition. "Main lesson taught was to never lose sight of who you are and where you come from", she wrote.

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.

Officials announced early Friday he had been found dead inside.

"We are extremely proud of Natalie and all her accomplishments at such a young age", Merced Corona told the newspaper at the time.

"I gave her my license and she was just about to give it to me", Pascual said.

Corona, who graduated from the Sacramento Police Department's training academy in July, had been shot once and fell to the ground. Police have not named the suspect, who was found in a house near the shooting, nor determined what prompted the shooting.

"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", Newsom said in a statement.

It wasn't immediately clear if the shooter was in the traffic accident or what the motive was. Despite the valiant efforts of paramedics who rushed her to the hospital, and UC Davis Medical Center personnel, she succumbed to her injuries.

The Sacramento Bee reports Corona's father spent 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff's deputy.

Her death follows the killing of a central California officer on December 26 during a traffic stop.

Davis police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, was responding to a triple-car crash in the Northern California city when a gunman on a bicycle shot her multiple times, Davis police Chief Darren Pytel told reporters.

The shooter opened fire as Corona was investigating a three-car-crash in the city west of Sacramento, a college town that is home to the University of California, Davis where there has not been a fatal police shooting in almost 60 years. Police said the shooting happened in the area of Fifth and C streets near downtown.

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

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