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

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Police spent hours trying to coax the suspect out of a home about a block from the shooting scene, using floodlights and commands on loudspeakers for him to emerge with his hands up.

The family headed over to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where Corona died.

Corona, whose father is a 26-year veteran of the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, graduated from the Sacramento Police Department's training academy in July, was sworn in on August 2 and completed her field training just before Christmas, reported the Sacramento Bee.

A crashed auto sits near the scene where a police officer was shot in Davis on Thursday evening, January 10, 2019. She is also survived by her mother, Lupe, and sister, Jackie.

Corona, 22, was fatally shot by a gunman who approached on a bicycle and then continued firing shots at a variety of targets before eventually killing himself as police followed him to his home. Corona was transported to UC Davis where she died of her injuries.

PHOTO: Flowers left at the scene where Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was shot and killed in Davis, Calif., Jan. 11, 2019.

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She attended Pierce High School and worked as a lifeguard at the local pool. Corona was struck by one bullet and fell to the ground, upon which the suspect unloaded his entire clip on the downed officer, police said.

"I've heard her described by our officers tonight as our daughter, our friend, and just a sister that we all wanted".

Even as Natalie moved up in her career, he said she treated everyone the same whether they were the janitor or the chief.

It was the first time that the police department lost an officer since 1959, she added. "We have to reserve some information in order to keep us safe".

"Despite the lifesaving efforts that were provided by firefighters who were immediately adjacent because the primary fire station is right near where this happened, they weren't able to save her", Pytel said.

Corona's own Facebook page includes a glamorous picture of herself in a royal blue gown, holding a "Thin Blue Line Flag", which represents law enforcement, with a tribute that now rings eerily. "So, you know, this is a department that's not really used to that". Unwilling to endanger personnel, they sent a robot with a camera inside, where they discovered the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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The incident that led to fatal shooting began at about 6:40 p.m. with reports of a three-vehicle collision at Fifth and D streets, not far from the Davis Fire Department headquarters.

"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.

"She was a rising star in the department", Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said.

The gunman then reloaded and began shooting seemingly at random, striking a house, a fire engine, a passing bus and a backpack whose owner had been loading it into her auto trunk. He has an average build and was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, black jacket, blue or tan jeans and black tactical boots.

After the shooting, the gunman ran toward a rental home he shared with a roommate where he gave no hint about the rampage he had just conducted outside, Pytel said. It was also unclear whether the other involved motorists had been questioned.

"She's the cop that any community would want", said Lt. Paul Doroshov, a spokesman for the Davis police department. "I think she died doing what she loved to do".

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Davis' last officer to die on duty was Douglas Cantrill, who was found inside his patrol vehicle with a gunshot wound to his heart September 7, 1959.