Rookie police officer, 22, shot dead while responding to a car accident
California police officer Natalie Corona had just completed on field training when she was gunned down by a suspect who then shot himself.
A California police officer who had just completed her training and was on the job for barely a few weeks passed away after being shot by a suspect who then shot himself. According to the Davis Police Department officials, 22-year-old officer Natalie Corona was tragically gunned down when she was responding to a multi-vehicle crash which had taken place in the Fifth and C streets downtown area around 6.45pm on Thursday. Natalie was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento but succumbed to her injuries.
Post the shooting, the police issued a citywide shelter in place order while officers scoured the city in search of the suspect. The shooter was described as a white male in his 20s and was discovered dead of a self-inflicted gun wound inside a house post a long standoff with the authorities at around 1.30 am on Friday. The officers shared that the shooter had constantly disobeyed commands to exit the house with his hands up. The police have not yet been able to identify the suspect or determine what exactly prompted the shooting.
Natalie had graduated from the Sacramento Police Department's training academy in July had been sworn in on August 2 last year. As reported by the Sacramento Bee, she had completed her field training just before Christmas.
While her swearing-in ceremony was taking place it was Merced Corona, her father, who is a veteran of the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, himself who pinned the badge on his proud daughter's uniform. It is reported he had been saying that Natalie was excited to join the force and was dedicated to the job.
JUST IN: Sad to report...22 year-old rookie police officer Natalie Corona was shot to death after responding to a car crash in #Davis. She’s the daughter of a cop and was on the job for only a few weeks. #RIP @cityofdavispd @CityofDavis pic.twitter.com/SrdOeJckkE— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) January 11, 2019
Natalie first joined the police department as a community service officer in the year 2016 and even though the agency ran out of funds for her position, she would keep showing up and work as an unpaid volunteer. During a news conference, Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel shared, "She was a rising star in the department. She just worked like you can’t believe."
Natalie has always loved the police and her Facebook profile picture even showed her posing in a blue gown while holding the American flag with a blue line to honor law enforcement. In 2016, she posted the status, "I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country."
City of Davis Police Department took to Facebook to share, "On this gray morning, our flags fly at half mast for Officer Corona. Thank you for the outpouring of support for Natalie, her family, and our Davis PD Family." Local council member Angelique Ashby added, "The Davis Police Department has not lost an officer in well over 50 years. This senseless loss is shocking and heartbreaking. Officer Corona wanted only to do good, to serve and to protect."