Man who killed of­fi­cer said he was hit by ul­tra­sonic waves

El Dorado News-Times - - News -

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — The man who shot and killed a rookie Cal­i­for­nia po­lice of­fi­cer left a let­ter on the bed in the home where he lived claim­ing po­lice bom­barded him with ul­tra­sonic waves, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice in the col­lege town of Davis near Sacra­mento on Satur­day made pub­lic the one-para­graph let­ter they said was writ­ten by Kevin Dou­glas Lim­baugh, 48. He killed him­self Thurs­day after fa­tally shoot­ing Of­fi­cer Natalie Corona.

Po­lice spokesman Lt. Paul Doroshov said the paper was found face up on the gun­man's bed.

"The Davis Po­lice depart­ment has been hit­ting me with ul­tra sonic (sic) waves meant to keep dogs from bark­ing," the let­ter said. "I no­ti­fied the press, in­ter­nal af­fairs, and even the FBI about it. I am highly sen­si­tive to its af­fect (sic) on my in­ner ear. I did my best to ap­pease them, but they have con­tin­ued for years and I can't live this way any­more."

The hand­writ­ten note was signed "Cit­i­zen Kevin Lim­baugh." Also re­cov­ered as ev­i­dence from the man's home were two un­reg­is­tered guns.

Davis po­lice did not im­me­di­ately re­spond Sun­day to a tele­phone mes­sage seek­ing com­ment on whether Lim­baugh had re­ported his claims to of­fi­cials.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not iden­ti­fied a mo­tive for the am­bush shoot­ing of the 22-yearold of­fi­cer as she in­ves­ti­gated a car ac­ci­dent.

The Sacra­mento Bee re­ported that court doc­u­ments show Lim­baugh was charged and con­victed in a bat­tery case last fall, and he agreed in Novem­ber to sur­ren­der the weapon.

The case stemmed from Lim­baugh get­ting ar­rested in Septem­ber for as­sault­ing some­one at Cache Creek Casino, Yolo County Sher­iff's Sgt. Matthew Davis said.

Au­thor­i­ties have not de­ter­mined where Lim­baugh ob­tained the two semi­au­to­matic hand­guns he was be­lieved to have used in the Thurs­day night at­tack that killed Corona.

Po­lice said a gun­man on a bi­cy­cle am­bushed the of­fi­cer, shoot­ing her from the shad­ows as she in­ves­ti­gated a car ac­ci­dent, then reloaded and nar­rowly avoided wound­ing oth­ers be­fore walk­ing home.

At his house a few blocks away, he ca­su­ally chat­ted with his room­mate as if noth­ing hap­pened and even went out­side to watch as po­lice from around the re­gion be­gan rush­ing to the shoot­ing scene, Davis Po­lice Chief Dar­ren Py­tel said Fri­day.

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.

Po­lice even­tu­ally sent a ro­botic cam­era in and found the gun­man had shot him­self in the head.

Po­lice found the hand­guns in the home.

The shoot­ing dev­as­tated the Davis Po­lice Depart­ment, which has about 60 sworn of­fi­cers and about 30 other em­ploy­ees.

Corona was the first of­fi­cer in the depart­ment to die in the line of duty since 1959. She had only been pa­trolling solo for about two weeks, the chief said.

A candlelight vigil for the slain of­fi­cer was held Satur­day night.

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