Father of Slain Davis Officer: ‘She Died Doing What She Loved’

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Father of Slain Davis Officer: ‘She Died Doing What She Loved’

"It's kind of hard to talk about her honestly", said Byron Eby, who went through the academy with Natalie.

Officer Natalie Corona completed field training just before Christmas and had been out on her own for just a couple of weeks.

"She was a rising star in the department", Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said at a press conference Thursday night.

Eventually, officers found the suspect dead inside the home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Pytel said the department hasn't had an officer die in the line of duty since 1959. She was one of six new officers sworn in by Pytel on August 2.

"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around". "It didn't matter who it was in the department - the janitors or me, the police chief - she just wanted to be everybody's friend, and was".

The student added: "I just knew that I had to get out of there once I saw the gun and what was happening..."

Corona hailed from the small, close-knit town of Arbuckle, where she lived with her parents, Jose Merced Corona and Lupe Corona, and her three younger sisters. She graduated from Pierce High in 2014, where she was homecoming queen her senior year. Police announced that she was shot when responding to a three-car collision outside Sacramento. He said that he had concerns about her decision to become a police officer.

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"This was the job that she was meant to do".

But, her dad said, she paid the ultimate price.

"I was extremely proud". Her friends she made while waitressing at the Colusa Casnio remember Natalie fondly.

There is "significant amount of video" from Corona's in-car camera, which continued to run as the shooting investigation and manhunt unfolded, but it has not yet downloaded due to its length, Pytel said.

Several law enforcement agencies joined in the search for the suspect, who has been described as a white man in his 20s wearing a baseball cap, black jacket, blue or tan jeans and black tactical boots. "We are grateful for the professionalism displayed by law enforcement, firefighters and medical staff who responded to the incident". "The department did a big donation drive with the fires up in Paradise and I know she took a very active role on that". "She was always happy, no matter the challenge, she would always face it with a smile". "You see the accomplishment in what she'd done, graduating from the academy and pursuing what she wanted to do for the rest of her life".

Newsom says he and his wife, Jennifer, are saddened by the death of a woman he called "courageous" who died "protecting her protecting her community from harm".

"She would give people money, if they didn't have food", he said. "It was one of her true passions to do this". Corona had worked in volunteer and part-time roles prior to becoming a full-time police officer. "I count myself pretty lucky that he didn't think of me".

Late Thursday night, officers surrounded a home on 5th Street, calling for someone inside to come out. "I anxious about her getting hurt and being out there in the streets". "We're gonna have our grieving time, but we'll get past it", said Corona. But I chose to stand tall on my dream. "The person even cried when she did that". Investigators believe she was ambushed by a gunman on a bicycle, but they haven't a determined the motive for his actions. "This is just an absolutely devastating loss". "For her and for us".

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