It is being reported that 22-year-old police officer Natalie Corona has been killed after a shooting incident in Davis, California.
“She was just an absolute star,” Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said about the fallen officer.
ABC News 7 reports Corona was responding to a three-car collision when one of the people involved pulled a gun and shot her.
According to the report, the officer was rushed to a trauma center in Sacramento but ultimately died from her injuries.
“Officer Corona started her service with the police department in 2016 as a community service officer,” Pytel said during a press conference. “She was a rising star in the department and I’ve known her for a couple of years. She started as a part-time employee—as a volunteer. I can tell you, I haven’t seen anyone work harder in a part-time capacity and be more motivated to be a police officer than Natalie.
“She was just an absolute star in the department and someone that pretty much every department member looked to as a close friend, a sister,” the police chief continued. “I’ve heard other officers tonight describe her as our daughter and our friend and the sister that we all wanted.”
“This is an absolutely devastating loss to the department,” Pytel added.
Here’s more on the story, from NBC News affiliate, KCRA 3:
The gunman was found dead early Friday morning. Police said it appears he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The shooting happened just before 7 p.m. Thursday near 5th and C streets in downtown Davis. Corona was shot while responding to a three-vehicle crash, police said.
“She passed despite lifesaving 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.
Around 10 p.m., police said they had a possible lead on the suspect. At that time, officers had surrounded a home in the area of 5th and E streets that the suspect was barricaded inside.
Just before 1 a.m. Friday, officers entered the home, where they found the suspect dead.
Following an overnight search, the Davis Police announced over Twitter that the suspect was found “with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
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