"Just an absolute star": a 22-year-old officer was shot dead following an accident

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A 22-year-old police officer in California died early Friday of a gunshot wound suffered in response to an accident.

Natalie Corona, of the Davis Police Department, was arriving at the scene of a three-car collision in downtown Davis when one of the people involved took out his gun and shot him down. .

PHOTO: Flowers were left at the place where Davis' police officer, Natalie Corona, was shot dead in Davis, California on January 11, 2019. Corona, 22, who had been working for only a few weeks was killed while he was investigating a collision involving a vehicle. . Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Flowers were left at the scene of the accident where Davis police officer Natalie Corona was shot dead in Davis, California on January 11, 2019. Corona, 22, who had been working for only a few weeks , was killed while he was investigating a collision.

Corona was transported to a trauma center in Sacramento, where she died.

"She was just an absolute star in the department and a person to whom practically every member of the department felt like a close friend, a sister," said Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel, at the time. a press conference.

The suspect was later found dead, apparently from a gunshot wound, Davis police confirmed via Twitter.

**UPDATE**
The gunman was found dead in a house near 5th St and E. St in Davis with what appears to be a self-inflicted bullet wound.

– Davis Police (@cityofdavispd) January 11, 2019

Police had surrounded the location of the suspect, a house on Fifth Street, not far from D. Street, following the shooting.

PHOTO: Merced Corona, left, pins her Natalie Coronas girl uniform on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, California, on August 2, 2018. Natalie Corona was shot dead during the night. a routine call on January 10, 2019.Williams Pioneer Review via AP

Merced Corona, left, pins her daughter Natalie Corona's badge on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, California on August 2, 2018. Natalie Corona was shot dead at a police station. routine call on January 10, 2019.

Corona was shot down a few blocks from the University of California, Davis Campus.

Our deepest condolences go out to Natalie Corona's family, friends and colleagues. Although the details remain unknown, the Davis police informed us that the suspect was no longer a threat and we lifted the on-site shelter request. https://t.co/IShggjU3pT

– UC Davis (@ucdavis) January 11, 2019

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