There was no query that Natalie Corona would work in legislation enforcement. Her father, a 26-year veteran of the Colusa County (California) Sheriff’s Division, informed NBC Bay Space that she hardly ever mentioned anything.

His daughter joined the Davis Police Division in 2016 as a group service officer – a job she remained enthusiastic about even when the division ran out of funding to pay her, Chief Darren Pytel mentioned throughout a information convention.

Corona realized her dream in August upon graduating from the police academy. A photograph captured the younger girl’s proud smile as her father, José Merced Corona, pinned on her badge.

“She would all the time name me ‘brother cop,’ and I might say, ‘You may’t name me brother cop since you’re not there but. You do not have a proper to name me brother cop, you are not there but,'” he recalled to Fox40. “When she graduated from the academy, she says ‘OK, so now can I name you brother cop?’ And I mentioned ‘Yeah.'”

The 22-year-old accomplished discipline coaching earlier than Christmas, Pytel mentioned, and shortly the division’s “rising star” was out on her personal. Police say that on Thursday night, the rookie responded to a minor three-vehicle collision – a routine visitors investigation the place no accidents have been reported.

Then a gunman emerged from the shadows.

The person, later recognized by authorities as 48-year-old Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, approached Corona on a bicycle and opened hearth, Pytel mentioned – capturing the promising officer a number of occasions earlier than unloading his total journal.

Police say Limbaugh additionally shot a flurry of bullets towards others, placing a bystander’s backpack and a firefighter within the boot, earlier than fleeing into a house. Police surrounded the residence, resulting in a standoff, which ended with Limbaugh pushing a sofa in entrance of the door.

Officers reported listening to a gunshot and later discovered Limbaugh useless inside, Pytel mentioned.

Nobody else was injured within the assault moreover Corona, who died on the UC Davis Medical Heart in Sacramento. The chief referred to as Corona’s killing a “devastating loss for this complete division.”

“I have never seen anybody work more durable in a part-time capability and work more durable to be a police officer than Natalie,” he mentioned. “She’s simply an absolute star within the division and someone that just about each division member just about regarded to as an in depth pal and sister.”

Her father informed Fox40 that he needs folks to keep in mind that his daughter died doing what she beloved. “She simply loved her job. She would come house, and she or he can be beaming,” Merced Corona informed the outlet.

Her devotion to the division and Davis group was placed on show Saturday night time, the place greater than 1,000 mourners gathered for a candlelight vigil in her honor. There, the Sacramento Bee reviews, a number of members of the Davis police power shared anecdotes illustrating Corona’s dedication to serving to others.

Officer Kerith Briesenick recalled a time when Corona went out of her approach to help a sufferer of the Camp Fireplace in response to a name.

“We went again to that home, knocked on the door, and out of the goodness of her coronary heart, delivered an entire Santa bag stuffed with presents and packages for a hearth sufferer, simply on her personal,” Briesenick mentioned. “She hadn’t requested anyone about it, she simply did it.”

Davis police posted a photograph of Corona delivering the presents in December, writing, “We’re all the time pleased with the work our officers do, however we have now a bit further delight at the moment.”

In an interview with Fox40, Corona’s father described a latest incident through which his daughter helped a person she arrested, leaving him in tears.

“She got here house and mentioned, ‘You already know Dad, I needed to take this particular person’s bag of cereal and that was all they needed to eat.’ So, I put 5 {dollars} in his bag and informed him that was going to be for when he acquired out,'” Jose Corona mentioned.

He responded, “Properly Natalie, you are able to do that however you are going to run into folks like that on a regular basis.”

She replied, “I do know Dad, however I do not thoughts.'”

Police informed the Sacramento Bee on Saturday that investigators had recovered a one-paragraph letter they consider was written by Limbaugh, discovered face up within the mattress of his rental property. Police additionally discovered two semiautomatic handguns not registered to Limbaugh, matching witness descriptions of the firearm the person used to kill Corona, the outlet reviews.

The letter, which was signed “Citizen Kevin Limbaugh,” learn: “The Davis Police division has been hitting me with extremely sonic waves meant to maintain canines from barking. I notified the press, inside affairs, and even the FBI about it. I’m extremely delicate to its have an effect on (sic) on my interior ear. I did my finest to appease them, however they’ve continued for years and I am unable to reside this fashion anymore.”

Corona’s father informed Fox40 that her household isn’t indignant about her dying.

“You already know we will grieve, and the person isn’t with us any longer, so we’re very trustworthy folks,” Merced Corona mentioned. “I believe she died doing what she beloved to do. She knew that was a risk, and I believe she embraced that.”

She is survived by her father, mom Lupe Corona and sister Jackie Corona.

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