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Davis Rookie Cop Fatally Shot During Traffic Investigation

Holly Quan
January 11, 2019 - 8:17 am

DAVIS — A rookie Davis Police officer was shot and killed while investigating a routine traffic collision in downtown Davis on Thursday night.

Five hours later, police say the alleged shooter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a home about a block away from the shooting. 

Officer Natalie Corona, 22, was responding to a three-car-crash at Fifth and D Street when shots rang out and she was struck by gunfire. It was not clear if the shooter was involved in the collision that Corona was investigating 

"This is just an absolutely devastating loss to the police department," said Police Chief Darren Pytel. "She's just an absolute star to our department and somebody that pretty much everybody really looked to as a close friend."

Corona graduated from the Sacramento police academy in July had completed her field training shortly before Christmas. She'd been working on her own as an officer for only a few weeks. 

Her shooting was the first time a Davis officer had died on duty since 1959, according to Pytel. 

Corona's father was a member of the Colusa County Sheriff's Department for 26 years.