Natalie Corona of the Davis Police Department arrived at the scene of a three-car crash in the center of Davis when a man pulled up on a bicycle and opened fire on the officer, according to new details of the shooting at the end of Friday was released. Corona was hit by one bullet and fell to the ground, whereupon the defendant released his entire clip on the crashed officer, police said.
The suspect then reloaded and began shooting fiercely, hitting a fire truck several times, a house and a bystander in his rucksack. The shooter was also directed at a firefighter, the police said, but he was beaten in the trunk and did not hurt. No one else was injured.
"This clearly seems like an ambush," said Darren Pytel, head of the Davis police, at a press conference on Friday evening.
Corona was rushed to a trauma center in Sacramento, where she died.
"She was just an absolute star in the department and someone who saw almost every department member as a good friend, a sister," Pytel said Friday morning.
The suspect was later found dead, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, confirmed the Davis police.
The police had surrounded the location of the suspect, a house on Fifth Street not far from D Street, after the shooting. The police said he entered the building several times and left before he finally moved a bank in front of the door and shot himself. The police entered the house with a robot and confirmed that he was dead.
Corona was shot a few blocks from the University of California, the Davis campus.
ABC News & # 39; Ahmad Hemmingway, Matt Foster and Mark Osborne have contributed to this report.