A California man who killed a rookie cop while she was responding to a traffic accident and then shot himself left a note behind claiming police had been hitting him with “ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking.”
Kevin Douglas Limbaugh left the typed note on his bed at home where shot himself in the head during a standoff with police shortly after firing at the officer and others at a nearby accident scene, according to The Davis Enterprise.
“The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking. I notified the press, internal affairs and even the FBI about it,” the note said. “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.”
Police said the incident, which they are calling an “ambush” began around 6:45 p.m. Thursday evening when rookie police officer Natalie Corona was dispatched to a three-car crash in Davis. While she was assisting at the scene and standing between two of the vehicles, police say Limbaugh, who had not been involved in the crash, rode up on his bike and pulled out a gun.
“The suspect basically just opened up fire,” Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said, according to the local paper.
He described Limbaugh as being in the “shadows” and said it was unlikely that the officer, who had just started going on solo calls weeks earlier, had even seen him because of how dark it was.
“He shot her once, and she went down to the ground and then he ended up shooting her multiple times,” he said.
Police said Limbaugh then opened fire on others including a firefighter who was struck in the boot but wasn’t injured and a woman who was saved from a gunshot by a textbook she was carrying in her backpack. The bullet lodged in the book stopping it from striking her, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Christian Pascual told the newspaper he had been one of the drivers in the crash and had begun talking with Corona before the shots rang out.
“I gave her my license and she was just about to give it to me,” he said. “That’s when I heard the shots.”
Bullets also hit a fire engine, house and bus.
Corona was transported to the hospital but later died from the injuries.
After the rampage, Limbaugh reportedly returned to the rental house he shared with several roommates. He saw one roommate at the home but Pytel said he didn’t “show any signs that he had just been involved” in the shooting, The Enterprise reports.
Police were able to trace the shooting to Limbaugh after finding his name in a backpack that had been dropped at the scene.
They soon surrounded the home and asked Limbaugh to come out. The 48-year-old former casino employee did exit the house at one point wearing a bullet-proof vest. He “shouted some stuff” at officers and then returned to the house.
“It appears that he pushed a couch in front of the door and shortly after that officers reported hearing a gunshot coming from inside the residence,” Pytel said.
Limbaugh died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, police said.
The violent rampage comes after months of odd behavior.
In August, a former girlfriend reported to police that Limbaugh had been harassing her and sending her text messages, including one ominous message that said she was “going to fail in life and should kill herself,” the Davis Enterprise reports.
Then the next month, Limbaugh allegedly punched another coworker in the face at the Cache Creek Casino Resort, where he had worked, according to the Sacramento Bee. The two were reportedly arguing about how Limbaugh was handling slot machines at the time.
Although he was initially charged with felony battery at the time, it was reduced to a misdemeanor as part of an October plea deal. As part of the agreement, Limbaugh also turned in a Bushmaster AR-14 assault rifle to the department.
At the time of his death, however, he was found with two other semiautomatic handguns.
Despite his erratic behavior, a former roommate of Limbaugh’s described him to the Sacramento Bee as a “regular guy” who had worked graveyard shifts at the casino.
“We didn’t see this coming at all,” he said.
Members of the Davis community remembered the fallen officer in a candlelight vigil held Saturday, according to KGO. During the vigil, officers and family members shared stories of Corona.
“I wanted to be just like her,” one of her cousins told the crowd. “I wanted to be as strong as her. I wanted to be as dedicated as her.”
In the days following the shooting, the Davis Police Department thanked the public for their support.
“The Davis Police Department would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of support shown to us as a result of this unthinkable, heartbreaking tragedy,” they wrote on Facebook. “Simply put, your support has given us sustenance and comfort in our greatest time of need in the history of this agency.”
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