Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

Police said Officer Natalie Corona was shot after responding alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday in the city west of Sacramento, a college town home to the University of California, Davis where there has not been a fatal police shooting in almost 60 years.

She was taken to UC Davis Medical Center, the newspaper added.

Corona, who followed in the footsteps of her father to become an officer, graduated from the police academy in July and was sworn in as an officer two weeks ago.

She graduated from the police academy this past July, and her proud father, Colusa County Supervisor Merced Corona, a retired sergeant with the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, pinned her badge to her uniform on August 2.

During the search for the suspect, authorities issued a shelter in place order for the UC Davis community and local residents.

Police have not identified the suspect, nor determined what prompted the shooting.

"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.

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

The shooter has been found, deceased, inside a home near 5th and E St in Davis with what appears to be a self inflicted gunshot wound.

"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around", Pytel said.

Gomez says Corona talked often about how much she loved her job. 'She just worked like you can't believe'.

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"Today, as we deal with the pain and anger we are feeling about the awful 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". Jose Merced Corona is a retired Colusa County sheriff's sergeant who was elected to the Board of Supervisors last November.

This Aug. 2, 2018 photo provided by Williams Pioneer Review shows Merced Corona, left, pins his daughter Natalie Corona's badge on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, California.

Dozens of family and friends have offered their "thoughts and prayers" for the rookie cop. She is also survived by her mother, Lupe, and sister, Jackie.

"She would give people money, if they didn't have food", he said.

Corona began as a part-time employee in the Davis Police Department in 2016.

He says it has a blue and red line to show support for law enforcement.

He said the family was at a basketball game for another daughter when he received a call from a relative that an officer had been shot in Davis. "She felt very strong about that and about protecting the people behind the badge".

City of Davis Police Department posted on Facebook today: 'On this gray morning, our flags fly at half mast for Officer Corona.

This is the first officer death for the Davis police department since 1959.

Gustavo Arriaga Perez, also 33, was charged with the murder.

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