Christian Pascual, a 25-year-old UC Davis graduate, was driving a 1996 Infiniti on Fifth Street just before 7 p.m. when another vehicle hit his auto and sent Pascual out of control and crashing into a third vehicle, he told The Sacramento Bee Friday morning.
Police officials said that the suspect was located at his home in Davis and eventually committed suicide.
Police said it did not appear that the shooter was a driver or passenger in any of the three vehicles involved in the collision.
A day later, 22-year-old Natalie Corona became the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in Davis, Calif., since 1959. "This is just an absolutely devastating loss to the police department".
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"I gave her my license and she was just about to give it to me", Pascual said.
"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. "I anxious about her getting hurt and being out there in the streets". "She is very excited to be a police officer and is very dedicated to the profession of law enforcement".
Eby said the academy began with 70 cadets, which dwindled into the high 40s by the graduation time. "She knew that was a possibility, and I think she embraced that".
Family members and fellow officers say Corona was very passionate about law enforcement. "She was extremely proud of accomplishing, at 22, being out there on patrol".
"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around".
"She would lay down her life".
Her family was at one of her sister's basketball games when Natalie was shot. "I was in denial".
Her friends from the academy say they'll never forget her perseverance.
"She couldn't wait to go to the academy, to get into the patrol auto by herself", remembered Espindola.
She worked part-time starting in 2016 as a community services officer, a non-sworn position that assists with various duties within the department.
"Its just really sad to hear that our little town, that something like this could happen". Chateri Payne, a police officer in Shreveport, La., was shot at least four times, including once in the head, at a home Wednesday as she prepared to start a night shift, report CNN and Fox News. Residents placed flowers at a growing memorial outside the police department Friday, where flags flew at half-staff. So I felt like I should do something.
Davis City Manager Mike Webb said, "This tragic event required an extraordinary response from the city's public safety employees, as well as from our partner agencies across the region".
But despite the awful tragedy he is facing with his family over the loss, Merced Corona somehow remained positive.
He said that when he heard the shots he instinctively ducked down. I am grieving with the Davis community and with Natalie's family.
"Today, as we deal with the pain and anger we are feeling about the awful 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. The outpouring from the community...we've got a large family", explained Corona.