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California police officer fatally shot; alleged gunman found dead

connectVideoOfficer shot down during the investigation of a 3-car accident

A police officer in Davis, California, was fatally shot Thursday night while responding to a traffic accident, leading to a massive manhunt for the gunman, who later killed himself, authorities said.

Natalie Corona, 22, was pronounced dead at UC Davis Medical Center. She was an answer to a three-car accident at 6:45 pm

Davis, the Police confirmed early Friday morning that the shooter was found dead in a house near the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicited gunshot wound.

Corona, who started as a community service officer in 2016, was a graduate of the police academy in July. She had just completed her field training before Christmas and had been on her own for a few weeks, Davis, Police chief Darren Pytel said at a press conference.

“She was a rising star in the department,” Pytel said. “They only worked if you can’t believe.”

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The firefighters performed lifesaving measures on the scene, and Corona was rushed to a nearby hospital, Pytel said. It was unclear whether she was targeted or caught in a crossfire.

The investigation was transferred to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s with an average build, FOX40 Sacramento reported. He was reportedly wearing a baseball hat, black jacket, blue or brown jeans and black tactical boots.

Officer Natalie Corona completed field training just before Christmas and had been on her own for just a few weeks.
(Davis Police Department)

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The police earlier issued a “shelter in place” and asked residents to stay away from the downtown Davis area was searched for the suspect, FOX40 reported. The order was lifted shortly before midnight local time.

Corona is survived by her parents. She is the first Davis police officer to die in the line of duty since 1959, Pytel said.

Davis is located approximately 15 miles west of Sacramento.

This is a development of the story. Come back regularly for updates.

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