Two female rookie police officers have been shot and killed in the past two days, police confirmed.
From Daily Caller:
Police in Shreveport, Louisiana, confirmed Thursday a 22-year-old officer, identified as Chateri Payne, was shot and killed outside a home as she was leaving for the night shift, KALB reported.
Payne graduated from the academy Nov. 16.
There was a child inside the home at the time of the shooting, Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond said during a news conference, but he’s unsure whether the child saw anything. Raymond is also unsure of the motive.
A suspect was detained for questions but not arrested.
“Long days, aching nights, but I decided to stand tall on my dream,” Payne wrote in a Facebook post after graduation, according KALB. “It is an honor to be able to join such a powerful family with my brothers and sisters in blue. May the journey begin.”
Just a day later, rookie police officer Natalie Corona was shot and killed while on duty responding to a three-car crash in Northern California, The Associated Press reported.
Corona, 22, was alone investigating the accident around 7 p.m. local time when an unidentified gunman opened fire. The suspect was later found dead inside a nearby home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Davis Police Department.