Killer of rookie of­fi­cer had been told to give up gun

Times Colonist - - Canada / World -

DAVIS, Cal­i­for­nia — A man who shot and killed a rookie po­lice of­fi­cer in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia be­fore tak­ing his own life dur­ing a stand­off with po­lice was a 48-year-old con­vict who had been or­dered to sur­ren­der a semi-au­to­matic ri­fle.

Kevin Dou­glas Lim­baugh’s name was re­leased Satur­day as au­thor­i­ties con­tin­ued to in­ves­ti­gate his mo­tive for the attack. The Sacra­mento Bee re­ports that court doc­u­ments show Lim­baugh was charged and con­victed in a bat­tery case last fall, and he agreed in Novem­ber to sur­ren­der the weapon.

Au­thor­i­ties have not de­ter­mined where Lim­baugh ob­tained the two semi-au­to­matic hand­guns he was be­lieved to have used in Thurs­day’s attack.

Po­lice said a gun­man on a bi­cy­cle am­bushed 22-year-old of­fi­cer Natalie Corona, shoot­ing her from the shad­ows as she in­ves­ti­gated a car crash.

He then walked to his house a few blocks away, chat­ted with his room­mate and even went out to watch as po­lice be­gan rush­ing to the shoot­ing scene, Davis Po­lice Chief Dar­ren Py­tel said.

The gun­man left be­hind a back­pack that helped po­lice track him to the house. The chief said as po­lice be­gan to sur­round it, he stepped out­side wear­ing a bul­let­proof vest. “He shouted some stuff, went back in and came back out with a firearm, then went back inside, pushed a couch in front of the door and of­fi­cers heard a gun­shot,” Py­tel said.

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