Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona Shot and Killed, Manhunt For Killer
A Davis officer was shot and killed Thursday night and a manhunt is underway for the suspect, police said.
Natalie Corona, 22, was taken to the hospital, where she later died, Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said.
The shooting happened around 7 p.m. near 5th and C streets in downtown Davis. Corona was shot while responding to a three-vehicle crash, police said.
“She passed despite life-saving efforts that were provided by firefighters who were immediately there — the fire department is across the street,” Pytel said.
The suspect ran from the scene, prompting a manhunt throughout downtown Davis. Multiple law enforcement agencies from the region responded and helped with the search.
Police said around 10 p.m. investigators had a possible lead on the suspect and that the situation was “fluid.”
The search is now focused in the area of 5th and E streets.
The gunman was described as a white man in his 20s, wearing a baseball cap, black jacket, jeans and black tactical boots, UC Davis officials wrote in an emergency alert to students.
No other details were released.
Corona started at the Davis Police Department in 2016 as a part-time employee. She had finished the academy in July and completed the field training just before Christmas.
“Haven’t seen anyone work harder or be more motivated to be an officer than Natalie,” Pytel said. “She was a star in the department and someone everyone looked to as a close friend — a sister.”
Corona was out on her own for only several weeks before the shooting. She is survived by her parents.
“I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family,” Davis Mayor Brett Lee said, ” and express our thanks to the brave men and women who work day in and day out who protect our city.”
Last time Davis police department lost an officer was 1959, Pytel said.
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