connectVideoYoung California police officer shot during a traffic stop, suspect found dead of apparent suicide
Police officer Natalie Corona, the rookie cop who was killed in the line of duty Thursday evening in Davis, California, was the victim of an “ambush-style”attack, authorities said.
Corona, 22, was fatally shot by a gunman who approached on a bicycle and then continued firing shots at a variety of targets before eventually killing himself when the police followed him to his house.
“At this point,” Davis, police chief Darren Pytel said at a Friday press conference, “we speculate that [Officer Corona] never saw him.”
The suspect — described as a white man in his 20s — had no prior criminal record or history of violence, according to police officials, who spoke at the press conference.
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Pytel declined to release the name of the shooter, noting that the attacker only contact with the department came last year, when he was the victim of a crime that the chief said was: “nothing, that was very special,” the Sacramento Bee reported.
The attack took place around 7 pm as Officer in Corona responded to a three-car collision. While on the scene, the shooter was riding a bicycle, walked to Corona and started shooting, Pytel said.
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The shooter then began firing indiscriminately, hitting a nearby fire truck, a house, a passing bus and the backpack of a woman whose life was spared when the bullet was lodged in a textbook, the chief said.
“This is clear to us, looks like an ambush,” Pytel told reporters.
After the shooting, the shooter ran in the direction of a rental home he shared with a roommate, where he gave no hint about the rampage he had just run outside, Pytel said.
As soon as the police surround the house, he came out of.
“At one point he did come,” Pytel said. “It appeared to officers that he was wearing a ballistic vest, a bullet proof vest. He yelled some stuff, went back and came back with a gun and went back inside, pushed a couch in front of the door and the officers heard a shot.”
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The shooter had shot himself in the head, in the house, Pytel said.
Corona, who is a graduate of the Sacramento Police department training academy, in July, was shot once and fell to the ground. The suspect allegedly fired at her several times and emptied his magazine before reloading and shooting again.
Pytel described Corona as a “rising star in the department.”
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A firefighter present at the scene when the shooting began, was shot in the boat, but was not hit, police told CBS 13 in Sacramento.
Corona ‘ s death was the first in the line of duty for Davis of the police in 60 years.