Police officer killed in 'ambush,' suspect fired entire clip at downed cop

Davis, Calif., police officer dies following evening shooting; suspect found dead

Shaun Kingston said he saw the gunman shoot at a firetruck and reload expertly.

Corona was a 2014 graduate of Pierce High School, who always aspired to become a police officer. He said as terrified bystanders ran, he saw the shooter calmly walk away before he lost sight of him in the crowd.

CBS13 says it happened after the officer responded to a three-car crash in downtown Davis. The suspect, who has not been identified, was later found dead inside a home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

She graduated from the police academy this past July, and her proud father, Colusa County Supervisor Merced Corona, a retired sergeant with the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, pinned her badge to her uniform on August 2.

Corona, a rookie with the Davis Police Department, shot and killed Thursday while responding to a multi-vehicle crash in the college town of Davis in Northern California.

"With extremely heavy hearts, the Colusa County Sheriff's Office offers our condolences to the Davis Police Department family and to the family of retired Sgt. Merced Corona", Lt. Mark Contreras said. "She loved being around everybody in the department". He said from the first day in the academy to the last day of an officer's career, they're mindful of these unsafe possibilities.

Christian Pascual told The Sacramento Bee that the gunman fired so closely to his right ear that he couldn't hear properly the morning after the Thursday night shooting.

No one had been arrested in the shooting, and it is not known what led to the killing, Raymond said.

"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around", Chief Pytel said.

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He said that he ducked and when he looked up, Corona was on the ground and the shooter was "shooting at what looked like random people to me".

"She was very proud of the fact that she'd got on with Davis Police Department", her father, said during an interview Friday with Fox40 News, "and she really liked the department". "22 years old. She'd only been on the force for five months".

"She was just somebody that everybody in this building respected and truly I don't think I've ever worked with anybody quite like her", said Darren Paytel, Davis Police Chief. She describes the city, a 15-mile drive west of Sacramento, as a "progressive, safe, family-oriented university community".

Officials announced early Friday he had been found dead inside.

Governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement that he and his wife are "terribly saddened to learn of the death.Officer Corona was protecting her community from harm when she was tragically shot in the line of duty". She'd started patrolling the streets on her own a few weeks ago.

"Her peers talked about how selfless she was, how she would do anything for anyone at any time", said Corporal Ralph Knecht, Sacramento Police Department. The road in front of the police station is named for him.

The ongoing investigation was turned over to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.

A possible motive for the shooting is also unclear. Despite the valiant efforts of paramedics who rushed her to the hospital, and UC Davis Medical Center personnel, she succumbed to her injuries.

According to WPVI-TV, Officer Corona had only just completed the department's field training program and had been out on the streets for about two weeks when the tragic incident occurred.

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