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California rookie police officer fatally shot 2 weeks after being sworn in

A rookie California police officer was fatally shot Thursday night when a suspect at an accident scene opened fire, the Sacramento Bee reported.

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Davis police Officer Natalie Corona, 22, who graduated from a training academy and completed her field training just before Christmas, had responded to a three-car crash when she was shot, the newspaper reported.

Corona was sworn in as an officer two weeks ago, KOVR reported. Her father, Merced Corona, served 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff’s deputy, the Bee reported.

“She was a rising star in the department,” Davis police Chief Darren Pytel said in a news conference late Thursday. “She just worked like you can’t believe.”

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Corona was the first Davis police officer killed in the line of duty since Douglas Cantrill was gunned down Sept. 7, 1959, the Bee reported.

Police surrounded a home several blocks from the shooting scene and tried to coax the man out of the building, the newspaper reported.

At 1:30 a.m. Friday, police announced that the shooter had been found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, KOVR reported.

Davis police did not identify the suspect, other than to describe him as a white male in his 20s with an average build and wearing a baseball cap, black jacket and black tactical boots, the Bee reported. 

Corona started with the Davis Police Department as a community service officer, the Bee reported. She was sworn into the department on Aug. 2 and her father pinned her badge, according to the Williams Pioneer.

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