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