The attack occurred around 7 p.m.as Officer Corona responded to a three-car collision.
Corona was the first Davis police officer killed in the line of duty since Douglas Cantrill was gunned down September 7, 1959, the Bee reported. A young officer who talked about her excitement for the future after she made it through the police academy just a few short months ago. She followed in the footsteps of her father, Merced Corona, who worked in law enforcement.
"At this point", Davis police Chief Darren Pytel said at a Friday news conference, "we're speculating that [Officer Corona] never saw him".
Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers searched for the suspect, who was later found in a house near the shooting after a brief standoff.
The shooting death of Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona Thursday night began with a routine collision that spiraled out of control when a bystander suddenly opened fire on Corona at close range, according to one of the drivers in the crash. 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.
Natalie's father wants everyone to know, she died doing what she loved.
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On Friday, her father and a stunned community mourned the 22-year-old who was shot and killed on duty while responding to a multi-vehicle crash in the small college town of Davis, California.
There, he met with a roommate, "and really didn't show any signs that he had just been involved in this incident", Pytel said. "She knew that was a possibility and I think she embraced that", her father said.
An intense manhunt ensued after the shooting.
"And now she's become yet another officer killed in the line of duty It's sickening". Investigators believe she was ambushed by a gunman on a bicycle, but they haven't a determined the motive for his actions.
Natalie Corona, 22, was the second female rookie police officer to be shot dead in the last two days.
Pytel described Corona as a "rising star in the department".
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Police spent hours trying to coax the suspect out of a home about a block from the shooting scene, using floodlights and commands on loudspeakers for him to emerge with his hands up.
"We join all Californians in mourning the loss of this courageous officer and extend our deepest condolences to Officer Corona's family, friends, and coworkers", he said.
Emily Gomez says Corona talked constantly about growing up to be like her dad. "All she wanted to do was help people".
"I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and woman who have served, who are now serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country", she wrote, alongside the picture below.
Davis Mayor Brett Lee said, "The entire City Council is grief-stricken and heartbroken at this senseless loss of life". Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department was shot to death on December 26, during a DUI stop. Two suspects were apprehended, but no murder charges ever filed. That killing rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits co-operation by local officials with federal immigration authorities.
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