APTOPIX Officer Shot

SHOOTING SCENE — Davis Police closed the area Thursday near the site where a police officer was shot. Rookie officer Natalie Corona died, while suspect Kevin Douglas Limbaugh later shot himself to death.

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — A man who shot and killed a rookie police officer in Northern California before taking his own life during a standoff with police was a 48-year-old convict who had been ordered to surrender a semiautomatic rifle.

Kevin Douglas Lim­baugh’s name was released Saturday as authorities continued to investigate his motive for the attack.

The Sacramento Bee re­ports that court doc­u­ments show Limbaugh was charged and convicted in a bat­tery case last fall, and he agreed in November to surrender the weapon.

The case stemmed from Limbaugh getting ar­rest­ed in September for as­saulting someone at Cache Creek Casino, Yolo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mat­thew Davis said.

Authorities have not determined where Lim­baugh obtained the two semiautomatic handguns he was believed to have used in the Thursday night at­tack that killed 22-year-old Officer Natalie Corona in the college town of Davis.

Police said a gunman on a bicycle ambushed the officer, shooting her from the shadows as she investigated a car ac­ci­dent, then reloaded and narrowly avoided wound­ing others before walking home.

At his house a few blocks away, he casually chatted with his roommate as if noth­ing happened and even went outside to watch as police from around the re­gion began rushing to the shooting scene, Davis Po­lice Chief Darren Pytel said Friday.

The gunman left behind a backpack that helped po­lice track him to the house. The chief said as police began to surround it, he stepped outside wearing a bul­let­proof vest.

“He shouted some stuff, went back in and came back out with a firearm, then went back inside, pushed a couch in front of the door and officers heard a gunshot,” Pytel said.

Police eventually sent a robotic camera in and found the shooter had shot himself in the head.

Police found the hand­guns in the home.

The shooting devastated the Davis Police De­part­ment, which has about 60 sworn officers and about 30 other employees. Corona was the first officer in the department to die in the line of duty since 1959. She had only been patrolling solo for about two weeks, the chief said.

A candlelight vigil for the slain officer was sched­uled Saturday night.

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