A police officer in Davis, California, was fatally shot Thursday evening while responding to a traffic accident, leading to a massive manhunt for the gunman, who later killed himself, the authorities said.
Natalie Corona, 22, was pronounced dead at UC Davis Medical Center. She replied to a crash with three cars around 6:45 pm
Davis Police confirmed early on Friday morning that the shooter was found dead in a home near the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot injury.
Corona, who began as an official in 2016, graduated from the Police College in July. She had just finished her field training before Christmas and had been out alone for a few weeks, said police chief Davis at a press conference.
"She was a rising star in the ward," said Pytel. "She worked just like you can't believe."
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Firefighters carried out life-saving measures on the site and Corona rushed to a nearby hospital, Sade Pytel. It was unclear whether she was targeted or busy in a crossfire.
The ongoing investigation was transferred to the Sacramento Sheriff's Department.
The suspect is described as a white man in the 20s with an average building, FOX40 Sacramento reported. He was reportedly wearing a baseball hat, black jacket, blue or tan jeans and black tactical boots.
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The police previously issued a "shelter in place" order and asked residents to stay away from the Davis area when they were looking for it suspect, FOX40 reported. The order was lifted just before midnight local time.
Corona is survived by their parents. She is the first police officer in Davis to die in her service since 1959, Pytel said.
Davis is located about 15 miles west of Sacramento.
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