Two Young Female Police Officers Killed In 2 Days

Officer Natalie Corona completed field training just before Christmas and had been out on her own for just a couple of weeks

Officer Natalie Corona completed field training just before Christmas and had been out on her own for just a couple of weeks

The road in front of the police station is named for him.

He had left a backpack at the crime scene with information that led the officers to his home, Pytel said.

One of the killings took place in Louisiana on January 9.

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.

"This looked clearly to us like am ambush", Police Chief Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said Friday evening.

Police work was her calling and Corona was the city's first hire under a recruitment program that paid her college tuition. "Based on how dark it was, we're speculating that she never even saw him". The suspect reportedly fired at her multiple times and emptied his magazine before reloading and shooting again. A bullet later was found lodged in a textbook.

The suspect is believed to be on foot.

"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 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.

The police chief in Davis says investigators have not determined a motive for Thursday night's killing. The response included three detectives, two Special Enforcement Team members, 12 patrol deputies, one reserve deputy and four sergeants, with five members of the department's Special Weapons and Tactics team present.

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

Following the shooting, officers launched a manhunt for the gunman in downtown Davis.

They surrounded the corner house and issued commands for the suspect to come out. The suspect was not part of the initial accident, officials said.

"We will, without a doubt, miss her dedication and passion for public safety", she said.

The suspect later was found dead, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Davis police confirmed.

During a dramatic stand-off, the gunman emerged from the house wearing a bulletproof vest, authorities said.

"This is a community that's not really used to that", he said.

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.

Pytel called Corona a "rising star in the department".

"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.

The chief said he spent time Friday afternoon with Corona's family, who are faring "remarkably well under the circumstances".

"She had such a big heart", Nicole said. "May you Rest in Peace Officer Corona".

The police department reports the 22-year-old officer was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center with serious injuries before she died.

"We join all Californians in mourning the loss of this courageous officer and extend our deepest condolences to Officer Corona's family, friends, and coworkers", Newsom said in a statement.

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