“Courageous” Davis Police Officer Fatally Shot While Investigating Crash

Officer Natalie Corona posted this image online in 2016 (image courtesy of Facebook/CNN)

DAVIS (KMJ/AP) — A 22 year old police officer has died after a man opened fire on her while she was investigating a three-car crash, according to Davis Police.

The incident took place Thursday night. The department has not identified the suspect, who was found hours later inside a nearby home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, following a stand off with police.

Officer Natalie Corona was rushed to the hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Investigators have not determined what prompted the attack. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is coordinating the investigation.

“She is just an absolute star in the department,” said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel.

“Somebody that pretty much every department member looked to as a close friend.”

Officer Corona was sworn-in on August 2nd 2018. She is survived by her parents and sister.

In a statement, Governor Gavin Newsom wrote that he is saddened to learn of the 22 year old’s death.

“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.”

Hear the report from KMJ’s Dominic McAndrew as it aired: