SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — The father of a suspect in the fatal shooting of two California police officers said today his son was a ticking time bomb who had contempt for police and the justice system.
Jeremy Goulet, 35, had numerous run-ins with the law and swore he would never go back to jail, Ronald Goulet said.
He said he never thought his son would turn to such violence.
Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed Tuesday outside Jeremy Goulet’s home, where they had gone to question him regarding a report that he made inappropriate sexual advances toward a co-worker at her home.
Goulet was later killed in a shootout with police.
Santa Cruz, a city of 60,000 people, has lately seen a spike in assaults that community leaders had planned to address Tuesday at a rally that was cancelled by teary-eyed leaders after they learned of the deaths. “There aren’t words to describe this horrific tragedy,” said Police Chief Kevin Vogel.
A store clerk a few buildings from the shooting said the shootout was terrifying.
“We ducked. We have big desks so under the desks we went,” said the clerk, who asked that she and her store not be identified.
In May 2008, Goulet was convicted in Portland, Ore., of peeping on a 22-year-old woman showering in her condominium, and of carrying a concealed weapon.
The elder Goulet said his son constantly undermined any success he had due to an insatiable desire to peep at unsuspecting women.
Baker, a 28-year veteran of the force, and Butler, a 10-year veteran, had been shot at and called for backup before arriving officers found Goulet, who was killed after opening fire on them, authorities said.
Mayor Hilary Bryant said the community was “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 recent violence in Santa Cruz included the killing of a 32-year-old martial arts instructor who was shot outside a popular downtown bar and restaurant; the robbery of a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz, who was shot in the head; a 21-year-old woman who was raped and beaten on the UC campus; and a couple who fought off two men during a home invasion.