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Two Rookie Female Officers Shot and Killed Within Two Days

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Two female rookie police officers were shot and killed this week, police confirm.

Police in Shreveport, Louisiana, confirmed Thursday that 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-TV reported.

Payne had graduated from the academy on Nov. 16 and was dressed in uniform when she was killed.

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.

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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 to 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 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.

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Corona graduated from the Sacramento Police Department police academy in July and had followed in the footsteps of her father, Merced Corona, who is a veteran of the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department.

“I can tell you that I have never seen anyone work harder in a part-time capacity and more motivated to be police officer than Natalie,” Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel told NBC News.

Officer Ronil Singh, 33, was also shot and killed in California during a traffic stop in December after pulling a suspect over on the suspicion of driving under the influence.

At least 88 police officers in the United States were killed while on duty in 2018, Fox News reported, and 47 of them were from gunfire.

This total is down from 127 in 2017 and 135 in 2016, which was the deadliest year for police officers in the U.S. in the past five years.

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