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New Information in the Investigation of the Two Fallen Officers in Santa Cruz

SANTA CRUZ, Calif- New information released during the news conference held Thursday morning as the investigation into the killing of two Santa Cruz police officers develops. Sheriff Phil Wowak said in the press conference that the officers had no reason to believe that Jeremy Goulet was violent or had violent intentions.

Wowak said both detectives, Loran "Butch" Baker and Elizabeth Butler, spoke with the suspect for 20 minutes before Goulet opened fire, with a .45 caliber gun, and killing the detectives. The handgun was registered to Goulet.

During the investigation, it is now known that the detectives were not wearing body armor, however, Sheriff Wowak said body armor would not have helped.

After the shooting, Goulet disarmed both officers and fled in Detective Baker's car where he encountered a team of detectives and fire fighters. Goulet was forced into an alley off of Doyle Street.

Congressman Calls For Gun Control After Santa Cruz Shootings

By Jasmine Viel - email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif.- Congressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) released a statement Wednesday following the fatal shooting of two Santa Cruz police officers, who were killed in the line of duty Tuesday.

"Every day, police officers bravely place themselves in harm's way to protect our communities and keep us safe. Yesterday, detective Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and detective Elizabeth Butler of the Santa Cruz Police Department sacrificed their lives during that service. These two heroes represent the best of Santa Cruz and their deaths are a tragedy," said Farr in the news release.

Police Say UC Santa Cruz Campus Rape Was a Hoax

ANTA CRUZ, Calif- A rape was reported on the campus UC Santa Cruz but now campus police are saying that the rape never happened.

Police chief Nader Oweis announced Thursday that the alleged victim has admitted to UCSC police investigators that she staged the attack and fabricated the report. Oweis said other evidence corroborated her admission.

The police chief said in a news release that they are forwarding the entire matter to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office for possible prosecution.

Chief Oweis said it is important for the campus and Santa Cruz communities to know that the sexual assault did not take place. "The report of this incident has very understandably created a deep sense of unease among UCSC students, staff, and faculty, as well as residents of the Santa Cruz area," he said.

New Details Released In Death of Santa Cruz Officers, Suspect Was Wearing Body Armor

SANTA CRUZ, Calif- Police held a news conference at 11:30 to announce new details in the case. Click here to watch the news conference.

According to the Santa Cruz Sheriff, Sgt. Butler and Det. Baker were doing a routine  investigation into a misdemeanor sexual assault "and just doing their job." The officers were trying to talk to the suspect about the incident. Goulet opened fire and hit the two officers. They were both killed on his door step, said the sheriff in a news conference.

Goulet stole their car but was unable to leave the area because responding officers were immediately at the scene and closed off the area near the shooting on Branciforte. 

Officer Down Memorial Page For Fallen Santa Cruz Officers

By Kiki Jones - email

Sergeant Loran Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed as they followed up on a sexual assault investigation at a residence in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue at approximately 3:30 pm.

Sergeant Baker had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters. Sergeant Baker's son also serves with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

Click here to leave your condolences on the Officer Down Memorial page for Sergeant Baker  

Two Santa Cruz Officers Killed in Line of Duty, Suspect Also Dead

Two Santa Cruz Officers Killed in Line of Duty, Suspect Also Dead
UPDATE: Detectives Loran Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler have been identified as the two officers who were killed. Watch the news conference here


The suspect who died at the scene has been identified as Jeremy Goulet. Goulet was apparently arrested in Santa Cruz on Friday and had since been released. His criminal record includes a previous sentence to three years of probation and sex-offender treatment in 2008 in Oregon, according to OregonLive.com.

Community Rally to End Gun Violence in Santa Cruz Tuesday

By Chaas Toborg - email

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - A community rally to fight back against gun violence is scheduled Tuesday in Santa Cruz.

The rally is at the Town Clock in downtown Santa Cruz, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, from 4:30-5:30p.m.

Santa Cruz County Superintendant of Schools Michael Watkins and retired homicide Detective Stoney Brooke are scheduled to speak about the issue at the rally.

Organizers say they want to speak out against the growing epidemic, especially in light of the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy.

For more information, contact maestramargalete@yahoo.com