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‘Rising star’ officer shot to death after responding to vehicle crash

‘Rising star’ officer shot to death after responding to vehicle crash

Around 6:45 p.m., Officer Natalie Corona was investigating a three-car crash in the area of 5th and D streets when someone walked up and began shooting, according to Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel.

Firefighters at a nearby station provided immediate medical help before Corona was rushed to the UC Davis Medical Center.

CBS Sacramento reports Corona was sworn in as an officer just two weeks ago.

During her swearing-in ceremony, Merced Corona pinned a badge on his smiling daughter's uniform and was quoted as saying that Natalie is excited to join the force and is dedicated to the profession.

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.

At 1 am officers entered the home and found the suspect dead of an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around", Pytel said.

Corona's killing - Davis' first officer death in almost 60 years - sent dozens of federal, state, county and local law-enforcement officers swarming throughout the city in the manhunt for the shooter, which more than six hours later remained underway.

"She died doing what she loved to do in the city she wanted to be in", said her father.

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.

"I gave [Corona] my license and she was just about to give it to me".

The chief said he spent time Friday afternoon with Corona's family, who are faring "remarkably well under the circumstances".

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An intense manhunt ensued after the shooting.

But her father says being an officer was truly her calling, often having a big heart, even when working. "She just worked like you can't believe".

Shaun Kingston, 39, saw the gunman shoot at the firetruck, "dump a clip and put another one in", and begin calmly walking away until Kingston, who followed at a distance, lost him in the crowd.

Officer Natalie Corona is shown in a courtesy photo published to Facebook.

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"She would always call me 'brother cop, ' and I would say, 'you can't call me brother cop because you're not there yet".

At one point, a witness alerted police to a backpack the gunman had dropped near the shooting scene, which enabled authorities to learn the suspect's name and where he lived.

He said his daughter should be remembered for her caring heart. "She felt very strong about that and about protecting the people behind the badge".

"I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and woman who have served, who are now serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country", she wrote, alongside the picture below.

"I was sitting on my couch last night and I heard the sirens go by and I thought, this is Davis, it's a minor deal", he said.

Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department was shot to death December 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver. Authorities said Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally and was preparing to flee to Mexico when he was arrested.