‘Devastating Loss’: Davis Officer Remembered As Rising Star

After just a few weeks out of training, Officer Natalie Corona was shot and killed in the line of duty, Davis police said Thursday night.

Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said Corona was a rising star in the department.

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“She was just an absolute star in the department and somebody that pretty much every department member really looked to as a close friend, a sister,” he said.

Corona was responding to a three-vehicle crash Thursday night in downtown Davis when she was shot. The suspect was later found dead due to an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Corona was 22 years old and is survived by her parents, Pytel said.

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“I’ve heard her described by our officers (Thursday night) as our daughter and our friend, and just the sister that we all wanted,” he said. “This is just an absolutely devastating loss.”

Corona started in the Davis Police Department in 2016 as a community service officer.

"I can tell you that I haven't seen anyone work harder in a part-time capacity and be more motivated to be a police officer than Natalie," Pytel said.

Corona completed the police academy in July 2018 and was promoted to officer when she graduated.

Natalie Corona, 22 Courtesy of Davis Police Department

She finished her field training program just before Christmas and “had been out on her own for just a couple of weeks.”

“Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around,” Pytel said. “She loved being around everybody in the department and she just worked like you can't believe.”

Natalie Corona, 22 Courtesy of the Davis Police Department

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