Rookie police officer in Northern California shot and killed

The area in downtown Davis where Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was shot and killed on Jan. 10

The area in downtown Davis where Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was shot and killed on Jan. 10

A police officer who had been on the job only a few weeks was shot and killed by a suspect who opened fire as she was investigating a three-car crash, authorities in Northern California said.

Cpl. Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department was shot to death December 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver. Corona died at the hospital.

Natalie Corona, 22, was the second female rookie police officer to be shot dead in the last two days.

"She was the greatest big sister that they could have", Jose expressed. At 10 pm a tip was received that the suspect was barricaded in a home near 5th and E streets.

She responded alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday on a residential street lined with mature trees and bordered by churches on both sides. Despite being rushed to UC Davis Medical Center for emergency treatment, she later died from her wounds.

Corona is survived by her parents.

This Aug. 2, 2018 photo provided by Williams Pioneer Review shows Merced Corona, left, pins his daughter Natalie Corona's badge on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, California.

Corona's father, Merced, is a retired Colusa County sheriff's sergeant in California.

She attended Pierce High School and worked as a lifeguard at the local pool. She graduated from the police academy in July.

"She just enjoyed her job".

The gunman then began firing indiscriminately, striking a nearby firetruck, a house, a passing bus and the backpack of a woman whose life was spared when the bullet became lodged in a textbook, the chief said. "I've heard officers describe her as our daughter, our friend, and just the sister we all wanted".

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"It's a tragic loss for us and it's a very tragic loss for the community because she was the officer every city would want", said Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov.

A firefighter present at the scene when the shooting began was shot in the boot but was not hit, police told CBS 13 in Sacramento. "She is very excited to be a police officer and is very dedicated to the profession of law enforcement".

"We know you're inside".

They said it happened in downtown Davis and a suspect is still outstanding. "Come outside with your hands up". First responders were immediately on scene and attempted life saving measures.

"This looked clearly to us like am ambush", Police Chief Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said Friday evening.

An intense manhunt ensued after the shooting.

Police had surrounded the suspect's location, a home on Fifth Street not far from D Street, following the shooting. It was also unclear whether the other involved motorists had been questioned.

Corona began as a part-time employee in the Davis Police Department in 2016. "I count myself pretty lucky that he didn't think of me".

The last Davis officer killed was Officer Douglas Cantrill, according to Doroshov. His killer was never caught and the case remains unsolved.

Police found two semi-automatic handguns at the house. Shell casings were found all over the street.

Also bolstering the staff has been the overwhelming response from the community, which throughout the day Friday delivered bouquets of flowers, food and handwritten notes and posters honoring Corona and thanking her fellow officers for their service.

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