I began seeing frantic tweets and Facebook posts about the shootings in Santa Cruz yesterday afternoon shortly after officers shot suspect Jeremy Goulet dead on Doyle Street, behind the Whole Foods Market.
Plain clothes detectives Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler visited Goulet – a convicted sex offender – at his home to investigate a sexual assault. Goulet allegedly shot and killed both detectives.
Every police agency in Santa Cruz County immediately descended on the area armed to the teeth. City police secured the area while CHP, county sheriff, and officers from Scotts Valley, Capitola, and Watsonville searched for Goulet.
The names of the deceased had not been released until late last night, but Santa Cruz is a small city. Undoubtably, there would be a connection with me or somebody I know.
A while later, I went to catch my bus home. It never showed. The following bus 20 minutes later does not stop in my town. The driver told me and the two dozen other waiting passengers that our bus was cancelled at the last minute, but could offer no other information.
I was a little bit cranky at waiting a full 45 minutes for a bus to get home last night, but discovered later the reason my bus was cancelled – our driver Paul is now a widower. His partner was Santa Cruz detective Elizabeth Butler.
When you ride the bus daily for seven years, you get to know the other passengers, the drivers, and even their families. It’s a sad day for several interconnected groups in Santa Cruz.