Police Officer Natalie Corona of Arbuckle gunned down

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The California police officer who was shot and killed Thursday night after responding to a three-car crash was ambushed by a bystander, according to a Columbia University graduate student who had been involved in the wreck. Corona started as a Davis community officer back in 2016 and graduated the Sacramento Police Academy this past summer.

"She had just completed the field training and has been out on her own for just a couple of weeks", Pytel said.

During her swearing-in ceremony, Merced Corona pinned a badge on his smiling daughter's uniform and was quoted as saying that Natalie is excited to join the force and is dedicated to the profession.

Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers from throughout the region searched for the suspect.

Police have not determined what prompted the attack on a residential block up the street from a park that hosts a weekend farmer's market.

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

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"When I looked up and I saw the officer on the ground he was already walking due west toward C Street, like just shooting at what looked like random people to me", Pascual said.

Also bolstering the staff has been the overwhelming response from the community, which throughout the day Friday delivered bouquets of flowers, food and handwritten notes and posters honoring Corona and thanking her fellow officers for their service.

A California police officer who had only been on the job a few weeks has died after being shot by a suspect who later turned the gun on himself.

Even as Natalie moved up in her career, he said she treated everyone the same whether they were the janitor or the chief.

"She was extremely well loved by our community and will be deeply missed", said Mary Grimmer. 'She just worked like you can't believe'.

Corona's father, Jose Merced Corona, spent 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff's sergeant before retiring and getting elected to the county's Board of Supervisors last November. "The main thing is to build on who you are and to become an influential and better person for those whom may surround me or I may encounter".

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Corona came from a law enforcement family. Her mother is a first-grade teacher, and two cousins are also in law enforcement, Gomez said. "She felt very strong about that and about protecting the people behind the badge".

"I would like this photograph to serve as my gratitude for all those law enforcement men and woman who have served, who are now serving, and those who have died in the line of duty protecting our liberties in this great country", she wrote, alongside the picture below.

Pytel said the department hasn't had an officer die in the line of duty since 1959.

This has been a deadly year for California police officers. Cpl.

His alleged killer, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, an undocumented immigrant. was found after a manhunt and his now facing charges for his murder. That killing rekindled a debate over California's sanctuary law that limits cooperation by local officials with federal immigration authorities.

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