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One suspect also is dead.

Updated 8:04 p.m.

Two Santa Cruz police officers were shot to death Tuesday afternoon and a suspect was also shot outside an apartment building on Doyle Street, just behind Whole Foods. 

Elizabeth Butler and Loran "Butch" Baker were the two Santa Cruz Police Department veterans killed by gunfire on Tuesday afternoon. 

"The department is mourning the most horrendous day in our history," said Police Chief Kevin Vogel. "We lost two officers."

Sheriff Phil Wowak's department is taking over the investigation so that the police department could deal with its tragic loss, he said.

A third person was pronounced dead a half hour later. Jeremy Goulet, 35,  is believed to be the man who shot the two plain-clothes detectives who were investigating a case at his house. He shot at a team of officers from the Sheriff's Departmant and Santa Cruz Police, according to Sheriff Phil Wowak. They returned fire, killing him.

The coroner was called to the area late in the afternoon.

The first report of gunshot victims came in just before 3:30 p.m. Two people had reportedly been wounded at 818 N. Branciforte Ave., between Sunnyside Avenue and Water Street, according to emergency radio traffic. They were later revealed to be the two officers, who were shot outside the building.

The address associated with the first shooting is a single-family home across from Branciforte Small Schools Campus.

Ground ambulances were called for two wounded people. Medical helicopters were dispatched to Dominican Hospital fly victims to trauma centers for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not made public.

The second shooting was reported at 140 Doyle St., off North Branciforte. An ambulance was not needed to provide aid to that shooting victim, according to emergency radio traffic. There were conflicting reports about the status of that victim: KSBW said the person was grazed by gunfire and refused treatment. Stab Santa Cruz, a public safety website, reported via Facebook that the person was suspected in the first shooting and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that Police Chief Kevin Vogel abruptly left a city council meeting to head to the emergency.

A neighborhood resident, who declined to give his name, said he was sitting in his house in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue when he heard gunfire across the street around 3:30 p.m. Police soon arrived, he said.

Awhile later, he heard a "multitude of gunfire" coming from the area of the Whole Foods Market parking lot nearby. He said police had told residents to stay inside and not to leave.

He said he saw two gurneys being rolled down his street.

As of 4:45 p.m., he said the street was filled with at least 25 marked police cars. 

Children locked in the Branciforte Small Schools Campus during Tuesday's shooting were released about 7 p.m. to board busses waiting to reunite them with their families. 

An employee at Darco Printing and Paper Store located at 130 Doyle St. said the second shooting happened a couple of doors down from the paper shop.

The employee, Megan, who declined to give her last name, said the business had received an automated call from Santa Cruz police at about 3:40 p.m. The message stated that a high-profile incident was occurring, and instructed the business to go on lockdown.

She and another employee locked the doors, and a while later heard a lot of gunfire coming from down the street.

"It was fairly close," she said.

Police have swarmed the neighborhood, she said.

"At one point there were approximately 20 officers all hiding behind a van with their guns drawn," Megan said.

She said a slew of law enforcement agencies have responded, including the sheriff's office and "every police department in the area, from Scotts Valley to Watsonville."

Shortly before 6:30 p.m., an hour after they were supposed to go home, she and the second employee remained on lockdown.

The Whole Foods was still on lockdown, and a pharmacy employee at an adjacent Rite Aid said that business was closed.

Police ordered a lockdown at Midtown Montessori at 818 N. Branciforte Ave. at 4 p.m., a preschool employee said.

The employee said all students are safe.

There are several schools in the block where the first shooting happened.

At the time of that shooting, some elementary school students were playing outside across the street from where officers were investigating, waiting for their parents to pick them up, a parent said.

They were quickly pulled back indoors after the gunfire broke out, said Mike Stout, a parent of two girls, ages 6 and 9, at one of the schools.

"I just feel nervous, why are they taking so long?" Stout said.

"What we're curious about is that they came here at 3:30 for an
investigation" just as school was letting out.

Three other schools were on lockdown, according to KSBW.

—Bay City News contributed to this report.

Steven Williamson February 28, 2013 at 02:30 AM
i have been the neighborhood watch person of the 800 block of pacific ave for 20 years , some of us have friends and family that are officers in my case one of the high ranking officers i changed his diapers when he was a baby more than once , i follow the police everyday on a scanner and know most of the officers badge numbers thats the reason i didnt say there names until Chief Vogel announced them !!! Butch i have known 20 years and Elizabeth the entire 10 years on the force she spent a couple years patrolling downtown when she 1st joined the force
Lisa February 28, 2013 at 07:22 AM
You obviously do not have a grasp on the facts of this situation. The suspect killed the officers in his front yard - they had not entered the house. He was not killed until much later as he marched through neighborhoods with a loaded gun that he took from the dead body of one of his victims. Put your prejudice aside and pay attention to the facts.
Steven Williamson February 28, 2013 at 04:14 PM
anyone who thinks that punk was a victim is retarded he shot 2 officers in cold blood , then stole there weapons, bullet proof vest and there car , he opened fire again on officers telling him to give up and he opened fire again and they did there jobs and put him down all those people who have tried to keep Santa Cruz weird Congradulations , !!! it is long past time to put our foot down as a city and stop the , bike stealing , drunks , meth dealing & use , heroin dealing & use ,Gang Violence i am a former Soldier and i wont go out at night with out a weapon , enough of this talking about these problems is good but actually doing something about it for a change is now REQUIRED !!!
zane barry March 02, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I can hear you Jessie. See I was in santa Cruz on night back in 2006, oct.,it was my b=day. Iwas standing outside of a bar where I had been celebrating, having a smoke. A youngish banger like guy suddenly punched me in the nose, and he and his friends took off. I wasnt hurt bad but beeding, and really really surprised. I wanted these guys arrested. The cops showed up in no time; and arrested me!!!! I was shocked but remained cool, they were holding me without charge i was told. I asked one of the cops when we got to the station, in the parkiing bay to be careful marhing me in the cuffs as I had a pulled chest muscle and cracked rib from a surfing crash. the cop threw me on the ground,and stepped on me hard, i couldnt talk or breathe man, i had been polite didnt resist once, I really thought he might kill me. He did let me up,the pain was excruciating.They held me for a few hours and released me, not charging me with a crime. i walked to the bus station to go back home, about 40 miles south i was terrorized man. Im sure some of the folks on this thing will speculate that it was somehow my comeuppins, but thats not right.I was 24, a full time student with a full time job,committed no crime, arrested and brutallized but not charged. When I heard about this incident, my thoughts were, what might they have done to this guy?,I have remorse for all three who lost their lives, and the surviving shooters. And I hope conditions improve between police and the people of Santa Cruz.
Lisa April 20, 2013 at 07:55 AM
You've obviously never heard of predictive policing. Police DO prevent crimes. Get your facts straight before you form your biased opinions. http://www.govtech.com/public-safety/Predictive-Policing-a-Success-in-Santa-Cruz-Calif.html

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