The man's name was not released.
"She died doing what she loved to do in the city she wanted to be in", said her father.
Davis police chief Darren Pytel recounted a routine call that turned terrifying in a press conference Friday evening.
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Corona, 22, died within minutes of arriving at the scene of a three-car accident.
Now, with her gone, her father says his family has no hate for the man who pulled the trigger.
Another witness, Shaun Kingston, said he heard at least 10 gunshots.
"And I can tell you I have never seen anybody who's worked harder in a part-time capacity and be more motivated to a police officer than Natalie". "The suspect basically just opened up fire" at Corona, who was standing in the street between two of the crashed cars.
Late Thursday night, officers surrounded a home on 5th Street, calling for someone inside to come out.
A photograph published by the Williams Pioneer Review shows her father, Merced Corona, pinning her badge at her swearing-in ceremony in August.
Pytel described Corona as a "rising star in the department".
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"This is a community that's not really used to that", he said.
Corona's father, Jose Merced Corona, spent 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff's sergeant before retiring and getting elected to the county's Board of Supervisors last November.
Gomez says Corona talked often about how much she loved her job. Ronil Singh, 33, of the Newman Police Department, was shot to death December 26 after he stopped a suspected drunk driver.
He was shot in the heart by a California Highway Patrol officer who had joined him in a firefight with the gunman, David Long, who also killed himself. "It appeared to officers that he was wearing a ballistic vest, a bulletproof vest".
Miraculously, no one else was injured - including a firefighter whom the suspect chased after and shot at, hitting him in the boot, Pytel said. Unwilling to endanger personnel, they sent a robot with a camera inside, where they discovered the suspect dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A Northern California rookie policewoman who was shot and killed is being remembered as "the cop that any community would want".
KTVU-TV anchor Frank Somerville posted a moving tribute to Corona, noting that the caption of a picture she posted of herself on social media summed up just how proud she was to be a police officer. She graduated from Pierce High in 2014, where she was homecoming queen her senior year. Corona was struck by one bullet and fell to the ground, upon which the suspect unloaded his entire clip on the downed officer, police said.
She responded alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday on a residential street lined with mature trees and bordered by churches on both sides.
Officials announced early Friday he had been found dead inside.
Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered flags at the state Capitol to be flown at half-staff. Pytel did not know if Corona and the suspect had any contact prior to the shooting but did say they believe he had contact with the department over a year ago when filing a missing vehicle report.