Chief Darren Pytel of the Davis Police Department in California sadly reports the death of Officer Natalie Corona.

Officer Corona, 22, died as a result of a gunshot wound she sustained while investigating a three-vehicle traffic crash. Corona was conducting her collision investigation and talking with the drivers of the vehicles when a bystander walking near the crash scene brandished a firearm and shot her in an unprovoked ambush attack.

Witnesses said the suspect fled the scene on foot and ran into a nearby residence. Other officers surrounded the residence and found the suspect inside deceased from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Natalie Corona. (Davis Police Department)

Officer Corona was transported to the University of California Davis Medical Center where she succumbed to her gunshot wound.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the homicide investigation.

Natalie Corona served the Davis Police Department for three years. She served as a community service officer (CSO is a non-sworn position) for two years and in 2018, she attended the police academy. Upon graduation, she was assigned to the patrol division and entered her field-training program as a sworn officer. Her field training was completed a few weeks prior to her death. She is survived by her parents. Her father is a retired sergeant from the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department.

Officer Natalie Corona is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Wednesday, January 10, 2019.

Natalie Corona

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)