It's hard to find a person in Arbuckle who didn't know of Natalie Corona.
According to WPVI-TV, Officer Corona had only just completed the department's field training program and had been out on the streets for about two weeks when the tragic incident occurred.
She was considered a "rising star" with the police force, Davis Enterprise newspaper reporter Lauren Keene tweeted.
Police officials said that the suspect was located at his home in Davis and eventually committed suicide. "And now she's become yet another officer killed in the line of duty It's sickening". She was one of six new officers sworn in by Pytel on August 2.
"Natalie was just full of life and full of energy and just an absolute pleasure to be around", Pytel said. "It didn't matter who it was in the department - the janitors or me, the police chief - she just wanted to be everybody's friend, and was".
This Aug. 2, 2018 photo provided by Williams Pioneer Review shows Merced Corona, left, pins his daughter Natalie Corona's badge on her uniform during a swearing-in ceremony in Davis, California. She graduated from Pierce High in 2014, where she was homecoming queen her senior year.
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 just worked like you can't believe", Pytel said about Corona.
"This was the job that she was meant to do. She would come home, she'd be beaming".
She remained laser-focused on becoming a police officer, following in the footsteps of her father, a former deputy with Colusa County Sheriff's Department. "She was extremely proud of accomplishing, at 22, being out there on patrol". "She was a great daughter, a great friend".
Emily Gomez says Corona talked constantly about growing up to be like her dad.
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Corona came from a law enforcement family.
Corona began her service with the department as a community service officer in 2016.
Tributes have been pouring in for a rookie California police officer who was gunned down Thursday night.
She was a sweetheart, full of smiles and laughter and will be sorely missed.
"I gave her my license and she was just about to give it to me", Pascual said. "It was one of her true passions to do this".
Police work was her calling and Corona was the city's first hire under a recruitment program that paid her college tuition. "She is very excited to be a police officer and is very dedicated to the profession of law enforcement".
"She had such a big heart", Nicole said.
Police had surrounded the suspect's location, a home on Fifth Street not far from D Street, following the shooting.
"The person was behind me and all of a sudden I heard gunshots", Pascual said, noting that he did not believe the gunman to be someone involved in the vehicle crash.
"The person was behind me", he told the Sacramento Bee. "We're gonna have our grieving time, but we'll get past it", said Corona.
"We're not angry. We're going to grieve", Merced said. "We may not understand it, but the lord has his plan for all of us, and God chose to take her from us, but we're not angry". "She died doing what she wanted to do, what she loved".