Santa Cruz Police Department patrol officers will have another day off today in light of the shooting deaths of two officers during an investigation Tuesday, a department spokesperson said. Santa Cruz police were given the day off Wednesday and will not return for duty until Friday, and officers from other jurisdictions will provide law enforcement to give the department another day to recover, the spokesperson said.
Officers from Watsonville and Capitola will join the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol to cover for Santa Cruz police another day, the spokesperson said.
Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler, were shot and killed Tuesday afternoon at 822 N. Branciforte Ave. while following up on a report of a misdemeanor sexual assault at the home of 35-year-old Jeremy Peter Goulet. Goulet, convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm and invasion of personal privacy in Oregon in 2007, allegedly shot Baker and Butler to death outside his front door, according to the sheriff’s department. He allegedly drove Baker’s car about a block away and died in a shootout with police minutes later, according to the sheriff’s department.
The killings have triggered an outpouring of grief from the Santa Cruz community and its 94-officer department, which had never before had an officer killed while on duty. The sheriff’s department, which is coordinating the investigation into the homicides, is set to hold a news conference today with Santa Cruz police officials at 11:30 a.m. outside police headquarters at 155 Center St. in Santa Cruz.
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