DAVIS SHOOTER’S ID CONFIRMED
Little is known of what led Kevin Douglas Limbaugh to erupt in a rampage that killed Davis police Officer Natalie Corona, above.
He was a loner who worked the graveyard shift at a casino, a middleaged man estranged from some of his family who drifted around the country until settling into a modest rental home on E Street in downtown Davis.
Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, 48, left few footprints in public records, save for a traffic infraction in Florida, a $9,700 tax lien in New Mexico and a misdemeanor battery case in Yolo County.
That all ended Thursday night, when, for reasons that remain unexplained, Limbaugh erupted in a violent rampage that killed 22-year-old Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona and ended with him shooting himself in the head after police surrounded his home.
Authorities had refused to release the gunman’s identity for nearly two days, but the Yolo County coroner’s office confirmed Limbaugh was the gunman on Saturday afternoon after sources told The Sacramento Bee his name.
Little is known about what may have set Limbaugh off, and one source said probation officials handling Limbaugh’s battery case saw no signs of mental illness.
Yolo Superior Court records show Limbaugh was charged in September with battery with serious bodily injury, a incident that a source said stemmed from him punching a co-worker at Cache Creek Casino Re- sort in the face after a dispute.
The case was resolved as a misdemeanor conviction, and California Department of Justice records show he agreed to surrender a black .223caliber Bushmaster AR-15 rifle in November.
Court records also show Limbaugh did not possess any other weapons, and authorities have yet to determine where he obtained the two semiautomatic handguns he is believed to have used in the rampage that killed Corona and shot up a surrounding downtown neighborhood.
Davis police say the gunman shot himself inside his rental home at 501 E St. in Davis after Corona was killed.
Public records show Limbaugh moved around the country over the years, living in Fort Meyers, Fla., Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Santa Fe, N.M., as well as Woodland.
His uncle, Gregory Limbaugh, who lives in Owosso, Mich., said he hadn’t spoken to Lim- baugh’s father, Rod, in six years and hadn’t seen the gunman in decades.
“Hadn’t seen him in years, hadn’t seen him since he was 5 years old,” he said.
Gregory Limbaugh said the gunman’s parents divorced many years ago and that he moved to Florida with his mother.
During his time in Fort Myers, Limbaugh pleaded guilty to driving the wrong way on a street in 1995 and failing to appear in court. A month after settling that case, he was found to be driving on a suspended license and pleaded no contest. Records show he never paid the $135 fine.
Online public records also show Limbaugh owes a $9,746 state tax lien in Bernanillo, N.M., that was filed against him in 2016.
A source and a former roommate say there was little indication before the rampage – other than the battery case – that he was capable of such behavior.
Probation authorities found no other criminal charges or any signs of mental health problems when the battery case was resolved, a source said, and public records show few other dealings with authorities.
One former roommate, who asked not to be identified, told The Bee that “Kevin had a troubled life and felt trapped and had deep anger issues that he never let any of his friends see.”
“We didn’t see this coming at all,” the roommate said, adding that Limbaugh was “a regular guy” who “had a nice car (and) worked graveyard shifts at a casino.”
“He was making great money but I could tell he absolutely hated his job at the time,” the roommate said, adding, “He might’ve felt like he just couldn’t get his life back together after losing his job at the casino.”
Casino general manager Kari Smith had no immediate comment when reached by The Bee, but a source said the court case involving Limbaugh stemmed from a dispute with a co-worker over how Limbaugh was handling slot machines.
Limbaugh punched the co-worker in the face, but the worker did not sustain major injuries and was satisfied when the case was resolved as a misdemeanor, the source said.
Limbaugh lived in a small, blue-gray house along a busy road in Davis, one block away from where Corona was killed.
Neighbors said they didn’t know much about him. He lived in the home with several roommates and kept to himself, and one roommate said three to five people lived in the house at a time.
“It was like a hangout house,” said Justin, a neighbor who asked that his last name be withheld. “There were always people coming and going.”
Leftover Halloween decorations still hang on the gate outside his front door – a green and black “Beware” sign and a plastic skull.
An unsightly brown tarp was pulled tight across the fence in the front yard Saturday, and potted plants that have long been neglected sit below the front window. A calico kitten could be seen moving around inside the home, but there was no sign of other occupants.
“It’s a good group of people who live there,” said Grace, another neighbor who asked that her last name not be used. “It’s unfortunate what happened.”
Down the block, within eyesight of the small house, the Corona family gathered Saturday at the shrine marking the spot where Corona was shot and killed, crying and holding on to each other.
Volunteers walked down Fifth Street tying blue ribbons around every tree, including the old, gnarled tree that stands directly outside Limbaugh’s home.
This portrait of Natalie Corona shows the Davis Police officer who was killed in the line of duty Thursday waving the Thin Blue Line American Flag. The flag's manufacturer describes it as a "testament to the valor of police officers across the country."
Kevin Douglas Limbaugh