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California Rookie Police Officer Fatally Shot 2 Weeks After Being Sworn In

California Rookie Police Officer Fatally Shot 2 Weeks After Being Sworn In

The police chief in Davis says investigators have not determined a motive for Thursday night's killing.

"The person was behind me and all of a sudden I heard gunshots", Pascual said, noting that he did not believe the gunman to be someone involved in the auto crash. He had left a backpack at the crime scene with information that led the officers to his home, Pytel said. Police have not said anyone other than the officer was shot. Authorities have yet to released the identity of the deceased suspect.

Part of his concern stemmed from the fact that police work has become more unsafe than when he worked in the field, even in a smaller community like Davis.

The elder Corona is a retired Colusa County sheriff's sergeant who was elected to the Board of Supervisors last November.

'The Davis Police Department has not lost an officer in well over 50 years.

Corona, 22, died within minutes of arriving at the scene of a three-car accident.

He says the family is not angry.

Another witness, Shaun Kingston, said he heard at least 10 gunshots.

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Police said Corona was investigating a auto crash Thursday night when the shooter opened fire.

"There are a limited number of police officers but mutual aid has been called in".

"Today, as we deal with the pain and anger we are feeling about the bad loss of such a young, promising public servant, we should all focus on supporting Natalie's family, her colleagues, and our whole community, including Arbuckle, where Natalie grew up, said Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, whose district includes southern Colusa County".

Natalie's father wants everyone to know, she died doing what she loved.

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On Jan. 5, a police officer in Utah was shot dead while trying to arrest a unsafe fugitive.

"I don't remember her talking about anything else than wanting to become an officer", said Gomez, who said her cousin was an athletic star in high school, excelling in volleyball, basketball and track. He said he ducked and when he looked up Corona was on the ground. "We're just absolutely devastated about the loss", he said. He said of the 22-year-old woman that "everybody who met her liked her".

Family members and friends were in mourning Friday as they tried to make sense of the fatal shooting that took the life of rookie Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona during what started as a routine auto accident investigation. She describes the city, a 15-mile drive west of Sacramento, as a "progressive, safe, family-oriented university community".

The suspect was later found dead in a house near the shooting. Residents placed flowers at a growing memorial outside the police department Friday, where flags flew at half-staff. "She loved being around everybody in the department, and she just worked like you can't believe".

Police found two semi-automatic handguns at the house.

"Jennifer and I are terribly saddened to learn of the death of Officer Corona", the governor said in a statement.

The Sacramento County Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation. Despite valiant attempts by paramedics to save her, Corona succumbed to injuries at UC Davis hospital, Pyte said.

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

Her death follows the killing of a central California officer on December 26 during a traffic stop.

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 shooting happened on a street lined with mature trees and bordered by churches on both sides.

"She responded to a traffic collision and it was there that a person walked up and shots were fired", Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said.