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California police officer fatally shot; manhunt underway

Natalia Corona, a 22-year-old rookie police officer with the city of Davis, Calif., died late Thursday after she was shot while responding to a triple-car accident, authorities say. The suspect is being sought.
(Davis Police Department)

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

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

“She was a rising star in the department,” Davis, Police chief Darren Pytel said at a press conference. “They only worked if you can’t believe.”

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, Pytel said.

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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 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.

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State, local and federal law enforcement agencies from across the region have responded, the Sacramento Bee reported. The police shut down intersections and combed the area for the suspect.

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.

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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