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Gunman accused of killing Davis officer identified

KCRA Sacramento logo KCRA Sacramento 1/13/2019
a person with collar shirt: Kevin Douglas Limbaugh © Yolo County Kevin Douglas Limbaugh

The man who authorities say ambushed and killed Davis police Officer Natalie Corona has been identified.

Kevin Douglas Limbaugh, 48, was identified Saturday as the shooting suspect by the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office deputy coroner.

Limbaugh ambushed Corona on Thursday night as she was responding to a three-vehicle crash on Fifth Street between C and D streets in downtown Davis, Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said Friday. Witnesses reported that he stayed in the shadows as Corona processed the crash scene.

As Corona was helping drivers involved in the crash, Limbaugh rode up to the scene on a bicycle and then opened fire on the 22-year-old officer, authorities said.

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Around 1 a.m. Friday, Limbaugh was found dead in a downtown Davis home with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Davis police spokesman Paul Doroshov said it remained unclear Saturday if Limbaugh planned to shoot Corona or if the shooting was a crime of opportunity.

Authorities also found a letter inside Limbaugh's home that was apparently written by him.

“When the investigators got into the house where the suspect was, they found a letter, open-face, on the bed. We can only speculate that it was there to be seen immediately," Doroshov said.

Limbaugh had previous contact with Davis police, but "he wasn’t on the radar as someone who was continuously calling in, expressing hate for us," Doroshov said.

Court documents obtained by KCRA 3 detail Limbaugh’s recent criminal history.

In September 2018, Limbaugh was charged with battery with serious injury, according to Yolo County Superior Court records. He had assaulted a co-worker at the Cache Creek Casino Resort, Doroshov said.

"The incident was reported to the Sheriff’s Office and the suspect’s employment ended immediately thereafter," a statement from Michael Traum, Cache Creek Casino Resort spokesman, reads in part.

“When it got to court, it was pled out to a misdemeanor. This is common. He had no criminal record,” Doroshov said.

He then became prohibited from owning a firearm.

On Nov. 9, 2018, Limbaugh turned over a Bushmaster AR-15 semi-automatic rifle to the Davis Police Department, records show.

Still, the man accused of killing Corona managed to get two semi-automatic handguns and multiple magazines of ammunition to carry out his attack. Detectives are working to figure out where the weapons came from.

“As far as the firearms that we have found, as far as we know, he has no firearms registered to him at this time,” Doroshov said.

Corona started at the Davis Police Department in 2016 as a part-time employee. She had finished the academy in July and completed the field training just before Christmas.

A candlelight vigil for Corona was held Saturday night in Davis.

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