Slain Calif police officers were taken by surprise
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff’s officials say two California police detectives gunned down while investigating a sexual assault complaint were interviewing the suspect when he shot them by surprise.
Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak revealed the information today.
He said the suspect, 35-year-old Jeremy Goulet, had been interviewed for about 20 minutes when he surprised the detectives, Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler, on Tuesday at his home and killed them with his own .45 caliber gun.
Authorities say Goulet then took the officer’s guns and stole Baker’s car. He was eventually cornered at a nearby apartment complex and killed during a gun battle with authorities.
Goulet’s father, 64-year-old Ronald Goulet, has said his son had struggled to control his rage and had a Peeping Tom obsession, destructive urges that led to his failure in the military and set him on a path toward the deadly final conflict.