Father of Slain Davis Officer: ‘She Died Doing What She Loved’


Davis Police identified her as 22-year-old Natalie Corona, who was sworn in as an officer on August 2.

He said the family was at a basketball game for another daughter when he received a call from a relative that an officer had been shot in Davis. He said from the first day in the academy to the last day of an officer's career, they're mindful of these risky possibilities. "Yet, I know that nothing we are feeling could possibly compare to the grief of her family at this time". "The suspect basically just opened up fire" at Corona, who was standing in the street between two of the crashed cars.

"She's the cop that any community would want", said Lt. Paul Doroshov, a spokesman for the Davis Police Department. "The person even cried when she did that". A woman carrying a backpack found a bullet lodged in her textbook.

No one else was injured in the barrage, police said.

As Corona was treated for multiple gunshot wounds, including one to her neck, the suspect fled the scene, heading south on C Street toward Third Street and apparently circling the block before returning to his house at 501 E St.

"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around", Pytel said. "He actually stayed outside and was watching what was going on, which was an extraordinary law-enforcement response" involving officers from the Bay Area to Sacramento.

The Sacramento Bee reports Corona's father spent 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff's deputy. "There are a limited number of police officers but mutual aid has been called in".

Authorities have yet to released the identity of the deceased suspect. Unwilling to endanger personnel, they sent a robot with a camera inside, where they discovered the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers say the suspect had repeatedly disregarded commands to exit the house with his hands up.

Davis City Manager Mike Webb said, "This tragic event required an extraordinary response from the city's public safety employees, as well as from our partner agencies across the region".

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No officers discharged their weapons during the standoff, Pytel said. "So, you know, this is a department that's not really used to that".

"She was just somebody that everybody in this building respected and truly I don't think I've ever worked with anybody quite like her", said Darren Paytel, Davis Police Chief.

Officer Corona wanted only to do good, to serve and to protect, ' she said.

"This clearly to us looks like an ambush", Pytel said Friday evening.

Corona's own Facebook page includes a glamorous picture of herself in a royal blue gown, holding a "Thin Blue Line Flag", which represents law enforcement, with a tribute that now rings eerily.

Meanwhile, plans for laying Corona to rest are still pending.

Family members and friends were in mourning Friday as they tried to make sense of the fatal shooting that took the life of rookie Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona during what started as a routine auto accident investigation.

"That's a very hard detail for the officers, but something that's very important to us", Pytel said. Corona prevailed, he said, because of her strong desire to serve in uniform.

Natalie Corona was shot and killed Thursday night, becoming the second officer killed in the line of duty in California in the past two and a half weeks.

"She was very proud", her father told Fox40-TV, choking back tears as he spoke about how much she loved her job.