California rookie cop murdered while serving and protecting, coward shooter kills himself

Natalie Corona always wanted to be a cop. After all, her father, Merced Corona, was a Colusa County deputy sheriff for over a quarter of a century.

The pretty 22-year-old Californian pursued her dream and graduated from the Sacramento Police Department’s training academy this past summer as well as completing her field training just before Christmas.

Sadly (and I mean sadly), the End of Watch radio call went out for Officer Natalie Corona of the Davis Police Department just yesterday.

As if Officer Corona’s killing couldn’t be even more tragic, her life was taken by a gutless coward.

Officer Corona having her badge pinned on by her father.

As reported by the Sacramento Bee;

The call came into Davis police just before 7 p.m. Thursday, a three-car accident near 5th and D streets that by any measure would be considered routine. Officer Natalie Corona responded to the scene alone.

Corona, whose father spent 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff’s deputy, was an eager rookie officer, a young woman who started with the department in 2016 as a community service officer and who stayed on the job even when funding for her position ran out.

A tweet sent out last month by the DPD showing what a totally decent person Officer Corona truly was.

Thursday night, she became one of the fallen when a suspect at the accident scene opened fire and gunned her down, sparking a nightlong siege in this quiet college town that lasted into Friday morning.

Before she entered the academy, the Davis Police Department ran out of funding for the paid position she had been in. She didn’t care; she showed up to work as a volunteer, Davis Chief of Police Darren Pytel said.

“I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and women who have served, who are currently serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country.” – Ofc Natalie Corona (posted to Facebook on Oct. 21, 2016.)