SANTA CRUZ -- The man who allegedly gunned down two Santa Cruz police officers before being killed in a hail of gunfire came to Santa Cruz for the same reasons many do: a new start on life in a beautiful locale.
But Jeremy Goulet, 35, came with a troubled past that included gun violence and a history of forcing himself into places he was not welcome. It was during a police follow-up to a Friday arrest that Goulet opened fire on two detectives, one of the darkest days in a city that has seen its share of violence.
When contacted by the Sentinel, Jeremy Goulet's father, Rosamond resident Ronald Goulet, said he had not heard anything about his son's fate.
"Police haven't contacted me. All I know is what I'm reading on the Internet right now," Goulet said, saying he didn't think his son matched the suspect's description. "What his relation to the case is I don't know."
Goulet apparently grew up in the Southern California town of Lancaster, near Edwards Air Force Base. He served several years in the military and stayed briefly in Portland, Ore. finding trouble with the law there before returning to California.
He landed in Santa Cruz, taking a job at a harbor-area coffee shop. But he was fired Saturday, and many who crossed Goulet's path described him as unstable and prone to fights.
In 2008, Goulet was accused and convicted of a sex crime, allegedly filming an unsuspecting Portland, Ore. woman in the shower. When the victim's boyfriend later tried to apprehend Goulet, Goulet fired a handgun during a struggle.
A jury convicted him of the peeping incident and of not having a permit for a concealed weapon, and he was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment. Goulet admitted on the stand that he liked to secretly record women using his cellphone, according to a story in the Oregonian newspaper.
Goulet later ended up in jail after a disagreement with his probation officer, refusing to answer questions during an appointment and then refusing to leave the premises. The article noted that Goulet peered into the windows at his probation officer's building.
Goulet only recently moved to Santa Cruz. He joined Facebook on Nov. 3, 2012, with a post that read: "I am new to Santa Cruz at the moment. Loving the beach. Wondering why I haven't been here all along. Looking forward to my new life, of course remembering my old."
Asked whether his son knew people in Santa Cruz before moving here, Goulet's father said his son simply wanted to be near the ocean.
"He just wanted to move close to the coast. So he moved down there, got a job, and moved in with some roommates," said Ronald Goulet, noting the high cost of living in Santa Cruz.
Goulet appears to be a veteran, with someone matching his name and date of birth spending five years in the military. He served a year in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, followed by four years in the Army.
A 2002 Napa Valley Register story about a Marine unit being called up for active duty during the War on Terror quoted Cpl. Jeremy Goulet.
"No Marine wants to go to war, but we all know as Marines it's our job to be prepared for one," Goulet said.
The article also mentioned a twin brother, Jeffrey, who was also in active duty at the time. However, no military records for Jeffrey Goulet could immediately be located.
According to a police bulletin, Goulet was the owner of three guns, including a .40-caliber semi-automatic Sig Sauer and a Baretta.
"He's always had guns. He likes to go target shooting and stuff like that. More of a collector," Ronald Goulet said.
Goulet was arrested by Santa Cruz police on Friday on suspicion of disorderly conduct at 801 N. Branciforte Ave., according to arrest records. He listed his occupation as a barista on jail records.
According to an employee at a harbor coffee shop, Goulet was fired over the incident, which involved a second, female, employee of the coffee shop. Police records show Goulet posted bail.
Goulet, who lived in the same area, apparently broke into the co-worker's house Friday night and made inappropriate sexual advances toward her. The co-worker filed a police report and talked to police as late as Tuesday afternoon.
The coffee shop employee, who spoke to the Sentinel on condition of anonymity, said workers thought Goulet was "unstable" and "weird."
Santa Cruz police closed the coffee shop shortly after the first shooting telling employees they were concerned because of Goulet's involvement in the Friday incident.
A former roommate said Goulet "had some anger issues." The woman, who did not want to provide her name, said "He'd have his brother stay and they'd get in huge arguments."
Jeremy Goulet's girlfriend also lived in the apartment for a time, the woman said. "But she moved out. They got in fights, too."
She said she has lived in apartment building about two years and that Goulet moved out around last September, saying he was moving to East Coast, possibly New Jersey.
In a fateful twist, he apparently decided on Santa Cruz instead. Asked whether his son had past run-ins with the law, Ronald Goulet demurred.
"I'd rather not talk about that," he said.
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Sentinel staff reporter Julie Copeland and Oakland Tribune reporter Kristin J. Bender contributed to this report.