DAVIS (CBS13) – Davis police officer Natalie Corona has died after being shot while responding to a crash Thursday night.
Davis police say the suspected shooter was found dead inside a home near 5th and E Street from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His identity has not been released.
Residents are no longer being asked to shelter in place.
The shooting happened Thursday evening at 5th and D Streets where Officer Corona was investigating a reported three-car crash.
She was then rushed to the UC Davis Medical Center, where she later died.
Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel called her a rising star in the department.
“Natalie was just full of life and full of energy,” Pytel said. “She loved being around everybody in the department.”
Corona, who was 22-years-old, started her career with the Davis Police Department in 2016 as a community service officer. She completed police academy in Sacramento back in July 2018.
Officials say she had just completed the field training program and had been patrolling on her own for only a couple of weeks.
Overnight, law enforcement led a procession to bring Corona’s body from the UC Davis Medical Center to the Yolo County coroner’s office.
According to the City of Davis, there are just over 60 sworn officers on the police force. Of those, there are eight female officers on patrol.
The last Davis police officer killed in the line of duty was Douglas Cantrill, who was shot and killed in 1959.