Davis officer shot, killed; suspect discovered lifeless

Davis officer shot, killed; suspect found dead

New particulars are coming to gentle within the taking pictures loss of life of a Davis police officer and an hourslong manhunt for the suspect.

Officer Natalie Corona was ambushed Thursday evening whereas responding to a three-vehicle crash, Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel mentioned.

“He got here from the aspect,” Pytel mentioned. “Based mostly on how darkish it was, we’re speculating she by no means even noticed him.”

The suspect was discovered lifeless in a downtown Davis house with an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers didn’t publicly determine the taking pictures suspect Friday. They did, nevertheless, present new particulars on how the taking pictures and manhunt for the suspect unfolded Thursday evening.

Natalie Corona, 22

Courtesy of the Davis Police Division

Natalie Corona, 22


As Corona was responding to the crash round 6:45 p.m. on Fifth Avenue between C and D streets, the suspect rode as much as the scene on his bicycle, Pytel mentioned. Witnesses reported that the suspect stayed within the shadows as Corona processed the crash scene.

Pytel mentioned Corona was serving to the drivers concerned within the crash when the suspect began taking pictures.

“The suspect mainly simply opened up hearth,” Pytel mentioned. “Shot her as soon as and she or he went to the bottom and he ended up taking pictures her a number of occasions.”

The suspect then continued to shoot at Corona and “unloaded {a magazine}.” Corona was shot as soon as within the neck and several other different places, in accordance with Pytel.

“This clearly appears to be like like an ambush,” he mentioned.

The suspect reloaded the gun, a semi-automatic pistol, and began taking pictures in one other route. Pytel mentioned a number of bullets hit firetruck and a few bullets went throughout the road. At the very least one home was hit, and so was a bus that was going by.


Pytel mentioned an individual reported {that a} backpack they had been sporting was additionally hit.

“No person else was injured, apart from Officer Corona,” Pytel mentioned.

The suspect reloaded once more and went after the hearth crews who initially responded to the crash. Pytel mentioned a firefighter noticed the suspect coming and ran.

“Whereas he was operating, he was shot at,” Pytel mentioned. “He was shot at within the boot. It didn’t penetrate, didn’t harm him. I might say he’s very, very fortunate.”

Because the firefighter continued to run, the suspect then ran from the scene.


Pytel mentioned the suspect ran south on C Avenue, circled the block after which met his roommate at a house on the nook of E and Fifth streets.

“(He) actually didn’t present any indicators that he had simply been concerned on this incident,” Pytel mentioned. “Spoke to the roommate for a time frame and truly stayed outdoors and was watching what was occurring.”

In the meantime, legislation enforcement from throughout the area responded. Officers shut down roadways as they looked for the suspect. UC Davis officers issued a “shelter in place” warning for the campus.

Round 10 p.m. Thursday, police instructed media that they’d a attainable lead within the case.

Pytel mentioned Friday the suspect had left behind a backpack, which was identified by a witness and allowed police to trace the suspect to the house.

Officers arrange a fringe across the house, the place the person had barricaded himself inside.


At one level, the suspect walked outdoors sporting a bulletproof vest after which went again inside. When he walked out a second time, he was armed and sporting the vest, Pytel mentioned. The suspect once more went again inside, put a sofa in entrance of the door and refused to return outdoors.

“The stored attempting to offer him instructions to give up,” Pytel mentioned.

Officers later heard a gunshot.

“We finally made entry into the residence utilizing a robotic,” Pytel mentioned. “We didn’t wish to ship any personnel inside. The robotic has a digicam on it and finally we got here throughout the topic and he was deceased.”

Earlier than 1 a.m. Friday, officers entered the house and located the suspect had died of an obvious self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Davis police mentioned the suspect’s identification shall be launched by the Yolo County Coroner’s Workplace. The coroner is in the midst of the investigation.

Pytel mentioned the suspect had filed studies with the police division prior to now, saying he was the sufferer of a criminal offense. The chief mentioned not one of the studies appeared out of the peculiar.

“We did have some prior contacts, however nothing that will point out the sort of problem,” Pytel mentioned.

“The case is at present below investigation, and there is an energetic investigation occurring,” Pytel mentioned. “At this level, we have turned over the prison investigation to the Sacramento (County) Sheriff’s Division. They instructed us that they might take the lead, and we’re permitting that to occur.”

The final time the Davis Police Division misplaced an officer was in 1959, Pytel mentioned.


Corona began on the Davis Police Division in 2016 as a part-time worker. She had completed the academy in July and accomplished the sector coaching simply earlier than Christmas.

“I can let you know that I have not seen anybody work more durable in a part-time capability and be extra motivated to be a police officer than Natalie,” Pytel mentioned.

Corona was out on her personal for less than a number of weeks earlier than the taking pictures. She is survived by her mother and father and her sister.

Her father, Merced Corona, is a retired Colusa County sheriff’s sergeant.

“She would all the time name me brother cop,” Merced Corona recalled Friday. “And I might say, ‘No, Nat, you’ll be able to’t name me brother cop. ‘Trigger you … don’t have that proper but. You’ll be able to’t name me that but. After she graduated, she mentioned, ‘OK, Dad, can I name you brother cop now?’ And I mentioned, ‘Yeah, now you’ll be able to.’ And he or she simply smiled and gave me huge a hug. Proud second.”

“I wish to specific our deepest condolences to the household,” Davis Mayor Brett Lee mentioned, “and specific our due to the courageous women and men who work day in and time out who shield our metropolis.”


Natalie Corona’s physique was escorted from the UC Davis Medical Heart in Sacramento to the Yolo County Coroner’s Workplace in Woodland in a procession early Friday morning.

Regulation enforcement and first responders lined a number of overpasses alongside Interstate 5 to honor the slain officer.

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a press release Friday relating to Corona’s loss of life that reads partly:

“We be a part of all Californians in mourning the lack of this brave officer and prolong our deepest condolences to Officer Corona’s household, buddies, and coworkers.”

Flags shall be flown at half-staff in honor of Corona.


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