Female Police Officer Investigating Traffic Collision Shot, Critically Injured in Davis

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

The shooter rode up on a bicycle and, without warning, opened fire as Corona was investigating a three-car crash in the town that is home to the University of California in Davis, where there has not been a fatal police shooting in almost 60 years.

Corona later died at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

Officials say Corona graduated from the Sacramento Police Department's training academy in July and completed her field training just before Christmas.

Pascual, who attends the Manhattan school, said he got out of his vehicle to exchange information with the other motorists as Officer Natalie Corona of the Davis Police Department arrived on scene.

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

"This clearly to us looks like an ambush", Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said at a press conference Friday night.

This is the first officer death for the Davis police department since 1959. While she was at the scene, the gunman rode up on a bicycle, walked up to Corona and began firing, Pytel said.

Corona, 22, had only been on the job a few weeks before her life was cut short.

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"I haven't seen anybody be more motivated to be a police officer than Natalie", Pytel said.

Later, officers used spotlights to light up the home's exterior and issued commands for someone inside to come out.

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In an announcement from the Associated Students of UC Davis, Senator Ricky Zapardiel on his Facebook page, the officer who was shot in downtown Davis has died.

"And now she's become yet another officer killed in the line of duty It's sickening".

In the Louisiana shooting, Payne, who also was newly hired, was in uniform and getting ready for work when she was gunned down at a Shreveport home, police Chief Ben Raymond said.

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

Natalie Corona, 22, was the second female rookie police officer to be shot dead in the last two days.

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.

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

"It really touched her with a lot of the police murders that were done", said cousin Emily Gomez said. "All she wanted to do was help people".

The University of California, Davis, is warning residents to shelter in place after an officer-involved shooting broke out on Thursday evening.

"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.

He says it has a blue and red line to show support for law enforcement.

Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department was shot to death December 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver. That killing rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits co-operation by local officials with federal immigration authorities.

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