Cop shooter sus­pect was or­dered to give up an AR-15

The Tribune (SLO) (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY SAM STAN­TON, BENJY EGEL, MOLLY SUL­LI­VAN AND DANIEL HUNT 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 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 Re­sort 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 .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.

Satur­day af­ter­noon, po­lice de­scribed ev­i­dence found by in­ves­ti­ga­tors in­side the prop­erty, in­clud­ing a note they be­lieve was writ­ten by Lim­baugh, and two guns found that were not reg­is­tered to him.

Davis Po­lice spokesman Lt. Paul Doroshov said that the one-para­graph let­ter was found face up on the bed of the gun­man. The note reads: “The Davis Po­lice depart­ment has been hit­ting me with ul­tra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from bark­ing. 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 sim­ple state­ment was printed and signed “Cit­i­zen Kevin Lim­baugh.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­cov­ered two semi­au­to­matic hand­guns – a 9 mm and a .45cal­iber. To whom the guns were reg­is­tered re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Doroshov said.

The weapons’ pro­file matches witness de­scrip­tions of the firearm Lim­baugh al­legedly used to kill Corona.

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 Lim- baugh, 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.”

Natalie Corona

Kevin Lim­baugh

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