Natalie Corona police officer killed, suspect was later found dead

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Natalie Corona police officer killed, suspect was later found dead.

Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, was shot and killed Thursday night while she investigated a three-car crash in downtown.

The suspect was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a home near 5th and E streets in Davis.

Corona — who graduated from a police academy last July and had been with the Davis Police Department since 2016 — died at the UC Davis Medical Center where she had been taken for treatment, according to Lt. Paul Doroshov.

“As she was investigating it,” Doroshov told reporters of the three-car crash, “for some reason shots rang out. She was struck.”

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She was the first Davis police officer to die in the line of duty since 1959, according to members of the Davis City Council as well as Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor, who spent much of the night with other Davis community officials.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s, standing 6-foot-2, and weighting 190 pounds, with brown hair and an average build. He was reported to have been wearing a baseball cap, black jacket, blue or tan jeans and black, tactical boots. Whether he was involved in the actual car crash has not yet been reported.

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Email and text alerts, which went out through the community after the shooting later reported on the death of the gunman and the lifting of the “shelter in place” order. However, the UC Davis WarnMe text/email alert system for students apparently failed. Messages from UC Davis didn’t come until around two hours after the shooting, although there were some alerts that came specifically from the UC Davis Police Department.

“(Natalie) was just an absolute star in the department and somebody that pretty much everybody in the department really looked to as a close friend, a sister,” Pytel told reporters Thursday. “And I’ve heard her described by our officers tonight as our daughter and our friend and our sister that we all wanted. This is just an absolutely devastating loss to the police department.”

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Woodland, Vacaville, Dixon and Fairfield police and the Yolo and Solano County sheriff’s offices were among the law enforcement agencies that responded to the reports of an officer down in Davis. The city was effectively sealed off with downtown businesses locked down and searched and people told to stay away. As of early Thursday morning, Woodland police were starting to be released from the scene, where they were providing assistance.

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