Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene

  • Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene

Rookie cop in Northern California ‘ambushed’ at crash scene

The shooter opened fire as Corona was investigating a three-car-crash in the city west of Sacramento, a college town that is home to the University of California, Davis where there has not been a fatal police shooting in almost 60 years.

"That's how we're describing it", Chief Darren Pytel said of the surprise attack, during which the still-unnamed shooter reloaded at least twice as he fired at Corona, a firefighter and in random directions - striking a house, vehicles and a woman's backpack - before eluding police for hours. Shell casings were found all over the street.

Firefighters at a nearby station provided immediate medical help before Corona was rushed to the UC Davis Medical Center.

Pytel said the department hasn't had an officer die in the line of duty since 1959.

Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers from throughout the region searched for the suspect.

Police said they haven't identified the suspect or determined what prompted the shooting.

Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was shot after responding alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday in the city west of Sacramento.

Officials say Corona graduated from the Sacramento Police Department's training academy in July and completed her field training just before Christmas.

Corona first joined the police department in 2016 as a community service officer.

"I gave [Corona] my license and she was just about to give it to me". She didn't care; she showed up to work as a volunteer, Pytel said.

Tributes have been pouring in for a rookie California police officer who was gunned down Thursday night.

After the shooting, the gunman ran toward a rental home he shared with a roommate where he gave no hint about the rampage he had just conducted outside, Pytel said.

"She was very proud", her father told Fox40-TV, choking back tears as he spoke about how much she loved her job.

"I've heard her described by our officers tonight as our daughter, our friend, and just a sister that we all wanted", he added.

Family members and fellow officers say Corona was very passionate about law enforcement.

Her father, Merced Coronoa, is a retired 26-year veteran deputy with the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, who is is now a county supervisor.

A crashed auto sits near the scene where a police officer was shot in Davis on Thursday evening, January 10, 2019.

A female officer was shot and critically wounded in Davis, according to police and the hunt is on for the attacker. Officers made entry into the house using a robotic device, and its camera verified the man was dead from a gunshot wound to the head.

Her death follows the killing of a central California officer on December 26 during a traffic stop. His alleged killer, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an undocumented immigrant. was found after a manhunt and his now facing charges for his murder.

On Nov. 7, Ventura County Sgt. Ron Helus was killed during a mass shooting at a Thousand Oaks bar.