Father of Slain Davis Officer: ‘She Died Doing What She Loved’

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

The gunman left behind a backpack that helped police track him to the house.

It was the first time that the police department lost an officer since 1959, she added.

Police said Officer Natalie Corona was shot after responding alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday in the city west of Sacramento, a college town home to the University of California, Davis where there has not been a fatal police shooting in almost 60 years.

Natalie Corona was a rising star in her police department with a sparkling smile and a huge heart who had followed in her father's footsteps and became an officer, fulfilling a lifelong dream just a few months ago when her dad pinned the badge on her uniform.

The suspect was believed to be on foot. "The suspect basically just opened up fire" at Corona, who was standing in the street between two of the crashed cars. Corona had worked in volunteer and part-time roles prior to becoming a full-time police officer.

A backpack dropped at the crime scene led officers to identify the gunman. Police confirmed shortly before 1:30 a.m. Friday that the man was found inside a residence at 5th and E streets with what "appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound".

Even as Natalie moved up in her career, he said she treated everyone the same whether they were the janitor or the chief. "He actually stayed outside and was watching what was going on, which was an extraordinary law-enforcement response" involving officers from the Bay Area to Sacramento.

Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department was shot to death December 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver.

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

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

Newsom says he and his wife, Jennifer, are saddened by the death of a woman he called "courageous" who died "protecting her protecting her community from harm".

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"For a reason unknown to us, shots were fired", Doroshov said, though where on Corona's body and how many times he wouldn't say.

No officers discharged their weapons during the standoff, Pytel noted. "So, you know, this is a department that's not really used to that".

"This clearly, to us, looks like an ambush", Pytel told reporters. She graduated June 23 from the Sacramento Police Academy after receiving an associate degree in administration of justice from Yuba College.

"So we haven't even started to go through that yet", he said.

He told a story about how Natalie wanted to call him "brother cop" because they were both law enforcement, but he wouldn't let her until she got through the academy.

Her family was at one of her sister's basketball games when Natalie was shot.

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

Corona was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she was pronounced dead.

Tonight many remember Natalie Corona, the young rookie who was shot and killed in the line of duty.

Corona wore her love for the police on her sleeve, as evidenced by her Facebook profile picture showing her posing in a floor-length blue gown while holding an American flag with a blue line honoring law enforcement.

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