DAVIS, Calif. — Jan 12, 2019, 6:58 PM ET

Authorities name man who killed rookie California officer


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 semi-automatic 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 semi-automatic 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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  • EC Patriot

    They’re all cowards!

  • BluntNotPC

    wait what? ALL firearms and transfers are required to be registered in CA...How is it they don't know where he got them, or that he had them for that matter.

  • Jonas Blane ll

    Kevin Limbaugh was a repeat offender. A repeat offender is supposed to be in prison.However,the lenient and preferential treatment of white criminals caused cops not to enforce repeat offender laws ,causing Off Corona to be killed.

  • Jonas Blane ll

    Notice how silent the pro police people get when a cop killer turns out to be a white man instead of a black or illegal alien?

  • brickmette

    First of all,....PROOFREAD AND RE-WRITE !! PLEASE !!

  • Get_Down

    "A totally worthless punk took his own life after he cold-heartedly and cold-bloodedly murdered a LEO" should be the headline...

  • Mic123

    Why aren't people more interested in this person's background and how and where he got the guns? Seems there are plenty of comments hating on trump, but little about the problem of a looser using violence, failure to complete the removal of firearms from the home of a known violent person. He was known to posses the firearms, yet we failed again to avoid the tragic end,

    I sure hope some politician can make me feel better....

  • Bernard founder

    If he was ms-13....then we would hear about this from the white House..

  • Bernard founder

    Trump will not comment on this!!

  • yetanother1

    Another heartbreaking loss to humanity due to untreated mental illness and a gun.

  • Truthfully

    Another mentally ill person with a gun. Yet trump and republican enablers had put on their agenda first thing to give mentally ill back their guns. ???

    NOT an Undocumented Immigrant!

  • reality25

    NBC News -
    California officer left note saying he was hit by 'sonic waves'.

    "A letter mentioning 'ultra sonic waves' was found after a gunman fatally shot a California police officer without warning this week before firing at others and later killing himself.

    The letter, found face-up on his bed, said: "The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking." He went on to say that he notified the press, internal affairs and the FBI about it.

    "I am highly sensitive to its affect 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," the letter read. It was not signed, but typed at the bottom "Citizen Kevin Limbaugh."
    Was California's Red Flag law used in his case?

  • reality25

    "Kevin Douglas Limbaugh".

    Any relation to Rush? Did he break away from the Honduran caravan? Where are the posters from the earlier article demanding to see his name? Well, there you go.

  • Gmh Gmh

    What an absolute coward, shoots an officer from behind and then shoots himself.

    RIP to the officer and condolences to her friends and family. Such a heartbreaking story.