SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Police shot and killed a suspect in the murder of two Santa Cruz police officers.
At a late-night press conference, Santa Cruz police confimed the shooter was 35-year-old Jeremy Goulet. Goulet served time in Oregon after he was caught peeping in the window of a woman in Northwest Portland in 2007.
He was also a suspect in a sexual-assault case in Santa Cruz. Two officers were shot and killed as they went to a home to investigate that case Tuesday.
Goulet was later shot and killed in a gunfight with officers that was caught on camera. Santa Cruz police Chief Kevin Vogel identified the fallen officers as Sgt. Loren Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler.
Vogel says Baker was a 28-year veteran of the department and Butler was a 10-year veteran of the department. Vogel says Baker was married and the father of two daughters, while Butler leaves behind two young sons.
Residents on the adjoining streets where the shootings occurred received an automatic police call warning them to stay locked inside. About half an hour later, more than a dozen semi-automatic shots echoed down the streets in a brief shootout that killed the suspect.
Police were going door-to-door in the neighborhood, searching homes, garages, even closets, although the sheriff said authorities didn't know if another suspect remained at large. Police, sheriff's deputies and FBI agents filled intersections, some with guns drawn, in what is ordinarily a quiet, residential neighborhood in the community about 60 miles south of San Francisco.
A store clerk a few buildings away from the shooting said the barrage of gunfire was terrifying.
We ducked. We have big desks so under the desks we went, said the clerk, who spoke on condition of anonymity and asked that her store not be identified because she feared for her safety.
She said she remained locked in her store hours after the shooting and was still scared. Two schools were locked down during the shooting. The students were later evacuated by bus to the County Government Center about half a mile away.
The city's mayor, Hilary Bryant, said in a statement that the city was shocked over the shootings. Tonight we are heartbroken at the loss of two of our finest police officers who were killed in the line of duty, protecting the community we love, the statement said. This is an exceptionally shocking and sad day for Santa Cruz and our Police Department.
kgw.com's Rich Kurz contributed to this report