‘Clearly an ambush’: Police chief details chaotic shooting scene

Davis, Calif., police officer dies following evening shooting; suspect found dead

Police Officer Natalie Corona, on force only two weeks, shot dead in Davis, California

The shooter who killed Officer Natalie Corona, 22 in this college town on Thursday fired multiple times at the rookie cop and almost injured other bystanders, according to police.

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.

'She was a rising star in the department, ' Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said during a news conference Thursday night. Shell casings were found all over the street.

Officers say the suspect had repeatedly disregarded commands to exit the house with his hands up.

Corona died at the UC Davis Medical Center in nearby Sacramento. "And now she's become yet another officer killed in the line of duty It's sickening".

Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers searched for the suspect, who was later found in a house about a block away from the shooting.

The shooter, who later died from what police said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, shot Corona several more times.

Corona was sworn in as an officer two weeks ago, KOVR reported.

She didn't care; she showed up to work as a volunteer, Pytel said. "I think she died doing what she loved to do". The photograph published by the Williams Pioneer Review shows her father pinning on her badge as Corona stands with arms at her side and a big smile.

"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around", Pytel said. "She loved being around everybody in the department, and she just worked like you can't believe". While Corona was investigating the crash, shots were fired and the she was struck, according to the Davis Police Department.

KTVU-TV anchor Frank Somerville posted a moving tribute to Corona, noting that the caption of a picture she posted of herself on social media summed up just how proud she was to be a police officer.

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Family members and fellow officers say Corona was very passionate about law enforcement.

A cousin of 22-year-old Natalie Corona says the slain police officer was the eldest of four girls who dreamed of following her father into a career in law enforcement.

He said the family was at a basketball game for another daughter when he received a call from a relative that an officer had been shot in Davis.

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

"She would give people money, if they didn't have food", he said.

Corona is the second officer killed in California in the past two and a half weeks.

Corona, a rookie with the Davis Police Department, shot and killed Thursday while responding to a multi-vehicle crash in the college town of Davis in Northern California.

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

On Nov. 7, Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus was killed during a mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.

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

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