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Officers Down-Santa Cruz PD

Officers Down-Santa Cruz PD

Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Loran Baker were shot and killed as they followed up on a sexual assault investigation at a residence in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue at approximately 3:30 pm.

The suspect began fighting with the officers and fatally shot them both during the struggle. He then fled the scene but was located nearby approximately 30 minutes later. He was shot and killed by responding officers when he opened fire on them.

Detective Butler had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 10 years. She is survived by her two children and boyfriend.

Sergeant Baker had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters. Sergeant Baker’s son also serves with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

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Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/21742-detective-elizabeth-butler#ixzz2M9EzqIZB
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Read more: http://www.odmp.org/officer/21741-sergeant-loran-butch-baker#ixzz2M9FOe0N9

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Chief of Police Kevin Vogel
Santa Cruz Police Department
155 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Phone: (831) 420-5800

 
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4 comments on “Officers Down-Santa Cruz PD

  1. billiepaytonsettles
    March 1, 2013

    I read about it in the paper. I would imagine it is a nightmarish reality in the minds of all police, especially the ones who respond to sexual assault and family violence calls.

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    • Thonie Hevron
      March 3, 2013

      Yes, unfortunately it’s a reality that all law enforcement officers either have to learn to live with or find another job. It’s tough on the families, too.

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  2. Hello! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading through your articles.
    Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal
    with the same topics? Thank you so much!

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    • Thonie Hevron
      March 28, 2013

      One of my favorite sites is “The Graveyard Shift” by Lee Lofland. You might also try Police One.

      Like

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