Rookie of­fi­cer dies after shoot­ing

The Sudbury Star - - WORLD NEWS - The As­so­ci­ated Press

DAVIS, Calif. — 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.

The sus­pect, who has not been iden­ti­fied, was later found dead in­side a Davis, Calif., home with a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound, the Davis Po­lice De­part­ment said.

Po­lice of­fi­cials said Of­fi­cer Natalie Corona, 22, was shot after re­spond­ing alone to a traf­fic ac­ci­dent shortly be­fore 7 p.m. Thurs­day in the city west of Sacra­mento. Corona was taken to hospi­tal, where she later died. Po­lice have not de­ter­mined what prompted the at­tack.

Fol­low­ing the shoot­ing, po­lice is­sued a city­wide shel­ter in place or­der as of­fi­cers from through­out the re­gion searched for the sus­pect.

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. At one point they sent in a ro­bot and ig­nited flash bang grenades, the Sacra­mento Bee re­ported.

Of­fi­cials an­nounced early Fri­day he had been found dead in­side.

Corona, whose fa­ther spent 26 years as a Co­lusa County Sher­iff’s deputy, grad­u­ated from the Sacra­mento Po­lice De­part­ment’s train­ing academy in July and com­pleted her field train­ing just be­fore Christ­mas, of­fi­cials said.

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

Be­fore she en­tered the academy, the Davis Po­lice De­part­ment ran out of fund­ing for the paid po­si­tion she had been in. She didn’t care; she showed up to work as a vol­un­teer, Py­tel said.

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