Months be­fore at­tack, Davis shooter was or­dered to sur­ren­der AR-15 ri­fle

The Modesto Bee (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY SAM STAN­TON, BENJY EGEL AND MOLLY SUL­LI­VAN sstan­[email protected]

He was a loner who worked the grave­yard shift at a casino, a mid­dle-aged 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 mis- de­meanor 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 Sacra- mento 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 Re­sort in the face after a dis­pute.

The case was re­solved as a mis­de­meanor con­vic­tion, and Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Jus- tice records show he agreed to sur­ren­der a black .223-cal­iber 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 Lim­baugh’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 five 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 neigh- bor 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.

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