California police officer fatally shot; suspected shooter found dead

A police officer in Davis, Calif., was fatally shot Thursday night while responding to a traffic accident, prompting a massive manhunt for the gunman, who later killed himself, authorities said.

Natalie Corona, 22, was pronounced dead at UC Davis Medical Center. She was responding to a three-car crash at around 6:45 p.m.

Davis Police confirmed early Friday morning that the shooter was found dead inside a home with what appeared to be a self-inflicited gunshot wound.

Corona, who began as a community service officer in 2016, had graduated from the police academy in July. She had just completed her field training before Christmas and had been out on her own for a couple of weeks, Pytel said.

"She was a rising star in the department," Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said at a press conference. “She just worked like you can’t believe.”

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Firefighters performed life-saving measures at the scene and Corona was rushed to a nearby hospital, Pytel said. It was unclear whether she was targeted or caught up in a crossfire.

The ongoing investigation was turned over to the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 20s with an average build, FOX40 Sacramento reported. He was reportedly wearing a baseball hat, black jacket, blue or tan jeans and black tactical boots.

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Police earlier issued a "shelter in place" order and asked residents to stay away from the downtown Davis area as they searched for the suspect, FOX40 reported. The order was lifted shortly before midnight local time.

Davis is located about 15 miles west of Sacramento.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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