Davis Mourns Murder of 22-Year Old Cop

2019 is already shaping up to be another painful year for California's law enforcement community.

On Thursday, just two weeks after the Dec. 26 killing of a Newman police corporal, 22-year-old Davis Police Officer Natalie Corona was also shot and killed by a man riding a bicycle. She had only been on the job for a few weeks. 

Police have described the shooting as an “ambush” carried out at the site of a three-car collision some time after 6:45 p.m. The suspect, 48-year-old Davis resident Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, was not involved in the crash. After he shot Corona, he attempted to fire at other passersby. He killed himself just hours later at a nearby home.

Corona had dreamed of joining law enforcement since she was a small child. Her father Jose Merced Corona is a former Colusa County sheriff’s deputy who now serves on the County Board of Supervisors.

“I haven’t seen anyone work harder in a part-time capacity and work harder to be a police officer than Natalie,” Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said. “She’s just an absolute star in the department and somebody that pretty much every department member pretty much looked to as a close friend and sister.”

Corona’s father said she ‘beamed’ when she put the uniform on.

Authorities also divulged more information about Limbaugh over the weekend. A bizarre letter discovered at a home he rented reads:

“The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking. I notified the press, internal affairs, and even the FBI about it. I am highly sensitive to its affect (sic) on my inner ear. I did my best to appease them, but they have continued for years and I can’t live this way anymore.”

According to the Sacramento Bee, Limbaugh was ordered to surrender a semiautomatic rifle to authorities last fall after his conviction in a battery case. Despite the weapons ban, investigators found two semiautomatic handguns in his home after the shooting.

Corona is the first Davis Police Officer killed on duty in nearly 60 years. A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center on the UC Davis campus.