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Officer-involved shooting in Pomona leaves one woman dead

Map shows location of where a woman was killed in Pomona. Source: Google Maps
Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Pomona that left one woman dead, authorities said Sunday.

Members of a multi-jurisdictional gang task force were driving through a parking lot in the 900 block of West Holt Avenue about 9:45 p.m. Saturday when they were confronted by a female suspect brandishing a handgun, said Sheriff's Sgt. Rich Pena.

A shooting took place and the suspect was later pronounced dead at the scene, Pena said. No officers were injured. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

Although the Sheriff’s Department is assisting Pomona police in the investigation, it was not clear if it was a Pomona officer who shot the suspect. The gang task force was made up of several agencies.

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Map shows location of where a woman was killed in Pomona. Source: Google Maps

Ventura police officers struck by vehicle, fatally shoot suspect

A man was shot and killed Thursday night after he hit two Ventura police officers with his truck in an attempt to flee, authorities said.

Although the officers were seriously hurt in the incident, their injuries were not life-threatening, according to Ventura Assistant Police Chief David Wilson.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Harbor Boulevard and Monmouth Way, Wilson said. The two officers had gone to the motel about 7 p.m. after someone called police about a man who was "disturbing the peace," he said. The man was a guest at the motel.

A short time later, the officers were escorting the man out of the motel when he ran off, got into a truck and attempted to escape, Wilson said. At that point, officers fired several gunshots at the vehicle coming toward them, he said. One officer was struck and another was run over, he said.

Police units arriving at the scene found the two injured officers on the ground. They also found the man dead inside the truck, Wilson said.

Police are not releasing any details about the two officers. The name of the suspect has not been released.

No other injuries were reported.

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Deputy U.S. marshal shoots man after confrontation in San Diego

San Diego police are investigating a shooting in which a deputy U.S. marshal wounded a man who appeared to be reaching for a weapon after a confrontation near the man's home, authorities said.

The deputy was returning to his unmarked vehicle after an investigation at the home in the Clairemont Mesa neighborhood when the man confronted him and "asked why he was bothering his family and threatened to kill the deputy," said police Lt. Jorge Duran.

The man twice rammed the deputy's vehicle with his vehicle, Duran said. When the deputy drew his weapon and ordered the man to show his hands, he "refused and instead reached underneath the driver's seat," he said.

The deputy fired several rounds. The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital with wounds described as not life-threatening. The deputy is described only as a five-year veteran of the marshals service.

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Funds set up for families of slain Santa Cruz police officers

Two funds have been set up to accept donations for the families of slain Santa Cruz police officers Elizabeth Butler and Loran "Butch" Baker, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Thursday.

According to the newspaper, Bay Federal Credit Union has set up one fund with Central Coast News KION/KCBA. Donations can be made at Bay Federal Credit Union branches or mailed to 3333 Clares St., Capitola, CA 95010. Checks should be payable to the Santa Cruz Police Officers Assn.

The officers association and police department have also set up a "Baker/Butler Scholarship Fund" with Wells Fargo Bank. Deposits can be made at any Wells Fargo branch to account number 999 245 1154.

PHOTOS: Two Santa Cruz police officers killed

Santa Cruz finance chief Marcus Pimental said the city also will accept checks made out to Baker/Butler Scholarship Fund by mail at 809 Center St., Room 101, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Credit card donations will be accepted by phone at (831) 420-5070.

Baker, 51, is survived by his wife, Kelly; son Adam, a community services officer; and daughters Jillian and Ashley. Butler, 38, leaves behind her partner, Peter Wu, and their sons, Joaquin and Stellan, ages 5 and 2.

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Santa Cruz police returning to work after deadly shooting

Santa Cruz police officers prepared to return to patrol Thursday after two of their own were killed earlier this week by a distraught suspect wearing body armor.

Chief Kevin Vogel, standing near an impromptu memorial for the slain officers at police headquarters Wednesday, was trembling and close to tears.

"We're having a tough time with this," he said at a news conference. "We're doing the best job that we know how. It's been devastating. There are absolutely no words for me to describe what this department is going through."

PHOTOS: Two Santa Cruz police officers killed

The small department -- which has fewer than 100 sworn officers -- was in mourning after two veteran detectives were killed Tuesday. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker, 51, and Det. Elizabeth Butler, 38, were killed on Jeremy Goulet's doorstep; they had gone to his house as part of a misdemeanor sexual assault investigation, officials said. Goulet was later killed in a shootout with police.

Until Tuesday, the department had operated for 150 years without losing a single officer in the line of duty.

The department gave its officers the day off Wednesday, and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office and California Highway Patrol took over patrol duties in the city. Grief counselors were made available for Santa Cruz police personnel.

"We don't know all that happened when they came into contact with Goulet," said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak, whose department is leading the investigation so Santa Cruz police can mourn. "We do know what was left in the aftermath."

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Santa Cruz killings: Gunman took officers’ weapons, police say

A gunman took the weapons of two Santa Cruz police officers Tuesday after fatally shooting them, according to police.

At a news conference Wednesday, officials said the suspect, Jeremy Goulet took the officers’ weapons and drove away in one of their cars. He was later killed by police.

“There should be no suspicion or second-guessing on how they ended up where they were,” Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak said. “They were just doing their job.”

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Wowak said that after Goulet was fatally wounded, authorities found he was wearing body armor and carrying three handguns.

The officers, Elizabeth Butler and Loran "Butch" Baker,  were killed on the doorstep of Goulet's Santa Cruz home, he said.

The shootings began about 3:30 p.m. when a man, believed to be Goulet, opened fire on the two officers, who were conducting a follow-up investigation at a home, authorities said.

Wowak said the officers were not in uniform and were attempting to obtain information from Goulet, who had been accused in a sexual assault case.  

The officers had “no suspicion they would be in danger,” he said.

Butler was a 10-year Santa Cruz Police Department veteran, and Baker was a 28-year veteran, authorities said.

Goulet had come to Santa Cruz, a seaside community about 60 miles south of San Francisco, “just months ago,” Wowak said.

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Santa Cruz police officers' alleged killer 'a little odd'

Jeremy Goulet, the man suspected of killing two Santa Cruz police officers, was reserved and polite, though "a little odd," said a woman whose daughter and son-in-law live in an apartment below the one in which Goulet lived.

Diana West, who lives in San Francisco, was visiting her daughter's complex in the 2700 block of Benvenue Avenue in Berkeley on Wednesday morning. Her daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Andrew Morrison, had introduced her to Goulet.

"The more they got to know him, the stranger he got to be," West said. "Toward the end of his stay, they didn't want much to do with him."

PHOTOS: Two Santa Cruz police officers killed

Goulet, 35, was fatally wounded in a shootout with authorities about 30 minutes after two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed in a burst of violence that rocked the eclectic seaside community about 60 miles south of San Francisco.

The shootings began about 3:30 p.m. when a man, believed to be Goulet, opened fire on the two officers, who were conducting a follow-up criminal investigation at a home, law enforcement authorities said.

The slain officers were identified late Tuesday as Elizabeth Butler and Loran "Butch" Baker. Butler hailed from Torrance and was a 10-year Santa Cruz Police Department veteran, police said. Baker was a 28-year veteran.

Goulet was arrested Friday on suspicion of disorderly conduct at the same location where the two officers were killed, according to the sheriff's online records.

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Slain Santa Cruz officer moved to city to study and stayed

This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Santa Cruz police Det. Elizabeth Butler loved the taste of a morning bun rolled in sugar at Kelly's French Bakery in Santa Cruz and the night view of the city's beach boardwalk from the Fireball roller coaster. 

Butler moved to Santa Cruz from the Los Angeles area in 1992 to study at UC Santa Cruz and stayed in the city, where she became a police detective, she wrote on a Santa Cruz Police Department blog in June 2011

PHOTOS: Killing of 2 Santa Cruz police officers

Butler was one of two Santa Cruz police officers killed in a shootout Tuesday in a burst of violence that rocked the seaside community about 60 miles south of San Francisco.The shootings began about 3:30 p.m. when a man opened fire on the officers, who were conducting a follow-up criminal investigation at a home, law enforcement authorities said.

The man suspected in the killings, Jeremy Peter Goulet, 35, was fatally wounded in a shootout with authorities about 30 minutes after the officers were shot and killed. Goulet was arrested Friday on suspicion of disorderly conduct at the same location where the two officers were killed, according to the sheriff's online records.

The slain officers were identified late Tuesday as Butler and Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker.

[Updated at 9:39 a.m., Feb. 27: The Santa Cruz Police Department has corrected the spelling of Baker's first name from Loren to Loran.]

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Killings of 2 Santa Cruz police officers leaves town devastated

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The killings of two Santa Cruz police officers in a shootout with a suspect Tuesday marked the first line-of-duty deaths in the Police Department's history and sparked mourning across the seaside city.

Residents placed candles near the scene of the shooting and memorials were popping up on websites.

Analicia Cube, who founded the community group Take Back Santa Cruz in late 2009, called the deaths “just devastating for our community.”

PHOTOS: Two Santa Cruz police officers killed

“You’re seeing people grieving and in shock,” she said. “There’s people crying, there’s people mad."

The city, about 60 miles south of San Francisco, is best known for its famed surf spots, seaside amusement park and diverse community that includes a University of California campus.

But in recent weeks, a UC Santa Cruz student was shot in the head, another student was reportedly raped and a home-invasion robbery left residents on edge.

“Santa Cruz has always been a different, eclectic kind of town,” Cube told The Times, breaking down in tears as she talked about the killings. “Now it’s just gotten ugly, though.”

The Facebook group page for Take Back Santa Cruz, which is closed to outsiders, was filled with posts Tuesday night expressing anguish and anger, according to Cube.

“This is a horrific day. We lost two exceptionally fine officers,” a visibly shaken Police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters. “We need to figure out a way to bring our department together and get through this.”

The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office had taken over patrol duties in the city Tuesday night and was leading the investigation into the shootings.

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Alleged killer of 2 Santa Cruz cops told brother he was in trouble

Jeremy Peter Goulet, suspected of killing two Santa Cruz police officers, sent a text message that day to his twin brother, Jeffrey Goulet, saying he was in trouble, his father told the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Why was he on the run? I'm just trying to hang with it, to make sense of it," his father, Ronald Goulet of Rosamond, told the Chronicle.

Jeremy Goulet, 35, was fatally wounded in a shootout with authorities about 30 minutes after two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed in a burst of violence that rocked the eclectic seaside community about 60 miles south of San Francisco.

PHOTOS: Two Santa Cruz police officers killed

The shootings began about 3:30 p.m. when a man, believed to be Goulet, opened fire on the two officers, who were conducting a follow-up criminal investigation at a home, law enforcement authorities said.

The killings of the officers marked "the darkest day" in the Police Department's history, the police chief said.

"This is a horrific day. We lost two exceptionally fine officers," a visibly shaken Police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters. "We need to figure out a way to bring our department together and get through this."

The slain officers were identified late Tuesday as Elizabeth Butler and Loren "Butch" Baker. Butler hailed from Torrance and was a 10-year Santa Cruz Police Department veteran, police said. Baker was a 28-year veteran.

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