2 Cops Shot Dead in Calif. Sex Assault Investigation

Suspect in Santa Cruz also killed

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2013 2:22 AM CST

(Newser) – Two police officers investigating a sexual assault complaint in Santa Cruz were shot dead yesterday in what the California city's police chief says is the darkest day in his department's history. The two veteran officers, one male and one female, were gunned down when they arrived at the home of a suspect who was killed in a shootout with police officers half an hour later, reports the Santa Cruz Sentinel, which notes that the police deaths are the first in the line of duty in the history of the city of 60,000.

The dead suspect has been identified as Jeremy Goulet, a 35-year-old barista who was arrested and fired last week after a co-worker in a Santa Cruz coffee shop told police that he went to her house and made inappropriate sexual advances, the AP reports. Goulet was sentenced to three years of probation in Portland, Oregon, in 2008 after being convicted of peeping at a woman showering and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, the Oregonian adds.

Police secure the scene near N. Branciforte Avenue and Doyle Street in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Police secure the scene near N. Branciforte Avenue and Doyle Street in Santa Cruz, Calif.   (AP Photo/Thomas Mendoza)
A police officer secures the shooting scene near N. Branciforte Avenue and Doyle Street in Santa Cruz, Calif.
A police officer secures the shooting scene near N. Branciforte Avenue and Doyle Street in Santa Cruz, Calif.   (AP Photo/Thomas Mendoza)
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Our department is in mourning. This is a horrific day. We lost two exceptionally fine officers today. - Santa Cruz Police Chief Kevin Vogel

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