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
Police secure the scene near N. Branciforte Avenue and Doyle Street in Santa Cruz, Calif.    (AP Photo/Thomas Mendoza)

(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.

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Feb 28, 2013 2:50 AM CST
Newsflash, lahoud: Chris Dorner was a gun-control supporter
Feb 27, 2013 11:52 AM CST
My heart goes out to the families and colleagues of the lost officers. They go out every day, and never have any idea when something like this will happen. Honor to their names.
Feb 27, 2013 11:49 AM CST
Illegally owned weapon, But, it seems no one is picking up on that Why don't we as a Nation enforce our laws, instead of writing new ones, I.E. Illegal guns, GO GET THEM, Illegal Immigrants, DEPORT THEM Stop letting people pick and choose which laws they want to follow, and this would not be such an epidemic We should ban lawmakers from making new law until all laws on the books are Upheld. Start with the Justice dept, Make them assholes do their job, Deport illegals and get illegal guns off the streets. But Alas, it is easier to write new laws, go after law abiding citizens and leave criminal in place.