SANTA CRUZ -- District Attorney Bob Lee said the four officers who shot and killed Jeremy Goulet in February acted "reasonably, prudent and heroic."
Lee and Sheriff Phil Wowak released a few new details Thursday in the investigation into the deaths of Santa Cruz police detective Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and detective Elizabeth Butler.
Baker and Butler were shot and killed by Goulet on Feb. 26 while investigating Goulet for an alleged sexual assault.
Wowak said Goulet fired nine shots at Baker and Butler after they spoke to him through the door of his house on the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue.
It was after officers told Goulet that he would be arrested that he appeared from a second entrance in the house and fired five shots at the officers within seconds. Three of his bullets hit their mark, disabling the officers who dropped their weapons, Wowak said.
Goulet then walked up to Baker and fired two more rounds into him, took his weapon and fired two rounds into Butler.
"He already had incapacitated them. It was unnecessary," Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy April Skalland said. "They had no chance."
Goulet then fled the area in Baker's unmarked car, donning his bulletproof vest. What he did for the next few minutes is unclear, but he returned to the area, likely because within minutes law enforcement from across the county had covered the scene, setting up a perimeter.
It was the officers who came to the aid of Baker and Butler who next encountered Goulet in the alley behind the house where he had lived less than a month. Skalland said the officers were in a conversation with Goulet for awhile.
"They spotted him behind a fence," she said. "They said 'Show me you hands' but he wouldn't comply. That's when he takes off down the alley, maybe to lead them into another ambush." Goulet's final minutes were spent running and hopping fences, "two guns a blazing," Skalland said.
"We believed he was there to shoot and kill more officers," she said.
Santa Cruz County sheriff's Sgt. Stefan Fish, who was off-duty but heard about he shootings, took his kids to his parents and went to the scene. Fish and three Santa Cruz police officers -- Sgt. Jose Garcia, officer Barnaby Clark and Tim Shields -- eventually encountered Goulet in that alley behind Doyle Street.
Between the four of them, they fired 54 shots at Goulet, shooting and killing him. Goulet, who had his handgun as well as those of Butler and Baker, returned fire 15 times.
Goulet's bullets struck garages, a fire truck and grazed the leg of a woman a block away from the first shooting, but hit no one else.
In his possession, Goulet had a plane ticket to New Mexico where he had family. He planned to leave just four days after the shooting, less than a week after he'd been fired from his job as a barista.
Police Chief Kevin Vogel said Thursday that the officers who responded to Goulet "walked through the gates of hell. All their actions cannot be overstated. They truly saved more lives."
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