Rookie police officer in Northern California shot and killed


Natalie Corona is sworn in the Davis Police Department by her father, Merced, on Aug. 2, 2018.Williams Pioneer Review

The suspect in the slaying of Natalie Corona, 22, was found dead of a self-inflicted wound hours later, officials said.

By David K. Li, NBC NEWS

A young California police officer was shot to death while responding to a traffic accident and her killer was found dead from a self-inflicted wound hours later, authorities said Friday.

Natalie Corona, 22, had only been on the job for a few weeks in Davis, California, when she was called to a three-car crash at 6:45 p.m PT (9:45 p.m. ET) on Thursday, police said.

Corona was the first officer to arrive at the scene when she was shot, officials said. She was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center in nearby Sacramento, where she died.

Police later surrounded a house one block away from the shooting scene where they found the suspect, who had killed himself, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooter was in the traffic accident or what the motive was.

“She responded to a traffic collision and it was there that a person walked up and shots were fired,” Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said.

Corona started working for the Davis Police Department in 2016 in community services, eventually going to the academy and graduating this past July, officials said. She completed her training just before Christmas and became a full-time officer.

“I can tell you that I have never seen anyone work harder in a part-time capacity and more motivated to be police officer than Natalie,” Pytel said.