Corona, whose father is a 26-year veteran of the Colusa County Sheriff's Office, graduated from the Sacramento Police Department's training academy in July, was sworn in on August 2 and completed her field training just before Christmas, reported the Sacramento Bee.
As she made contact with the drivers, the suspect - who was not involved in the crash - "rode up on his bike and was in some shadows on the sidewalk", Pytel said, citing witness reports from the scene. She was gunned down in the line of duty on Thursday while responding to a auto crash in Davis.
Davis police have not yet released the name of the gunman, who they say shot himself inside his rental home at 501 E St.in Davis after Corona was killed.
Chief Darren Pytel says the suspect rode a bicycle to the scene of a three-car crash in the small college town and fired multiple rounds.
"I've heard her described by our officers tonight as our daughter, our friend, and just a sister that we all wanted".
"She just enjoyed her job".
Natalie Corona was shot and killed Thursday night, becoming the second officer killed in the line of duty in California in the past two and a half weeks. And she started as a part-time employee volunteer. She just enjoyed her job. She followed in the footsteps of her father, Merced Corona, who worked in law enforcement.
He said his daughter should be remembered for her caring heart.
Father and daughter beamed with pride in a photograph from the swearing-in ceremony at the Davis Police Department, where the 22-year-old rookie was remembered Friday as a rising star with a sparkling smile and a huge heart.
Corona wore her love for the police on her sleeve, as evidenced by her Facebook profile picture showing her posing in a floor-length blue gown while holding an American flag with a blue line honoring law enforcement. They graduated together from the six-month program last June.
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From the janitor to the police chief, Corona "just wanted to be everybody's friend, and was", the chief said.
"Times have changed. It's gotten more violent", said Corona.
Chaplains and trauma-support counselors have been enlisted to help Corona's grieving colleagues, the chief said.
He acknowledged that the family would not be going through their grief alone. "It was one of her true passions to do this".
"The Davis Police Department has been extremely supportive". "I count myself pretty lucky that he didn't think of me".
He said he ducked and when he looked up Corona was on the ground and the shooter was "shooting at what looked like random people to me". "She enjoyed serving", Payne said.
Late Thursday night, officers surrounded a home on 5th Street, calling for someone inside to come out.
"After recently arresting someone in Davis, he said, "(Natalie) came home and said, 'You know, Dad, I had to take this person's bag of cereal, and that was all they had to eat. He said she gave someone she arrested five dollars so they could get food when they got out. The suspect did exit the house at one point wearing a bullet-proof vest, "shouted some stuff" and went back inside, Pytel said.
"Today, as we deal with the pain and anger we are feeling about the bad loss of such a young, promising public servant, we should all focus on supporting Natalie's family, her colleagues, and our whole community, including Arbuckle, where Natalie grew up, said Assemblywoman Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, whose district includes southern Colusa County".