California officer fatally shot after responding to accident

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

She was the first Davis officer killed in the line of duty in six decades.

"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 vehicle crash. He shot himself in the head following an armed standoff with police.

The man's name was not released. "She loved being around everybody in the department".

Pytel described Corona as a "rising star in the department". Corona died at the hospital.

He says the family is not angry.

Kingston said he didn't see that an officer had been shot. He said as terrified bystanders ran, he saw the shooter calmly walk away before he lost sight of him in the crowd.

After unloading gunshots, the suspect went to his home nearby and chatted with his roommate without "showing any sign he was involved in the incident", Pytel said.

Corona is the second officer killed in California in the past two and a half weeks. Jose Merced Corona is a retired Colusa County sheriff's sergeant who was elected to the Board of Supervisors last November.

Gomez says Corona talked often about how much she loved her job.

Corona was a 2014 graduate of Pierce High School, who always aspired to become a police officer.

In a statement on behalf of him and his wife, Jennifer Siebel, Newsom said he was saddened to hear of Officer Corona's death.

Pascual told The Sacramento Bee that the gunman fired so closely to his right ear that he couldn't hear properly the morning after the Thursday night shooting.

No one had been arrested in the shooting, and it is not known what led to the killing, Raymond said.


Officer Natalie Corona is shown in a courtesy photo published to Facebook.

"The person was behind me and all of a sudden I heard gunshots", he said. Chief Pytel reports the last time his department experienced a shooting-involved death of one of their officers was in 1959 when Officer Douglas Cantrill was killed by gunfire.

"I know her dad, everyone knows who he is".

After his roommate was evacuated, a risky dance began with officers surrounding the house for hours, the suspect coming out twice. Residents placed flowers at a growing memorial outside the police department Friday, where flags flew at half-staff.

Corona's colleagues, family and friends mourned a vibrant life that was cut short.

Corona was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she later died.

Police have not determined what prompted the attack. She finished the police academy in July and was promoted to police officer upon graduation. According to a report in the Williams Pioneer Review, her father, Merced Corona, a veteran of the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, proudly pinned on her badge during the ceremony.

"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around", Chief Pytel said. He has not been identified.

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

Authorities say a police officer who'd only been on the job a few weeks has died after being shot in northern California by a suspect who later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Davis police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, who graduated from a training academy and completed her field training just before Christmas, had responded to a three-car crash when she was shot, the newspaper reported.

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

A "shelter in place" advisory issued for the University of California, Davis was lifted at about 11:30 p.m. PT, but people were still advised to avoid the city's downtown.

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