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California Cop Shooting: Jeremy Goulet, alleged gunman, was a peeping tom, ticking time bomb, father says

Jeremy Goulet is seen in this 2007 police booking photo released by the Portland, Ore., Police Department. Goulet, a recently fired coffee shop barista with a criminal history, opened fire on two Santa Cruz police detectives when they came to his house to investigate a sexual assault complaint from a female co-worker. Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed outside the home of Goulet, 35, who died in the shootout with police. (AP Photo/Portland Police Department)

Jeremy Goulet in a 2007 booking photo released by the Portland, Ore., Police Department
AP Photo/Portland Police Department

(CBS/AP) SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - The alleged gunman who fatally shot two Santa Cruz police officers Tuesday before being killed in an ensuing exchange of gunfire was a ticking time bomb who had contempt for police and the justice system, his father said Wednesday.

Jeremy Goulet, 35, had numerous run-ins with the law and swore he would never go back to jail, Ronald Goulet told The Associated Press. He said he never thought his son would turn to such violence.

Sgt. Loran Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed Tuesday outside of Jeremy Goulet's Santa Cruz home, where they went to question him regarding a report that accused him of inappropriate sexual advances toward a co-worker at her home. Goulet was killed about a half-hour later in a shootout with police.

"There aren't words to describe this horrific tragedy," said Police Chief Kevin Vogel.

In May 2008, Goulet was convicted in Portland, Ore., of peeping on a 22-year-old woman who was showering in her condominium, and of carrying a concealed weapon, according to The Oregonian newspaper.

His father said Goulet constantly undermined any success he had in the military or college due to an insatiable desire to peep in the windows of women showering or getting dressed.

"He's got one problem, peeping in windows," his father said. "I asked him, `Why don't you just go to a strip club?' He said he wants a good girl that doesn't know she's being spied on, and said he couldn't stop doing it."

Sgt. Baker's son, Adam Baker, served as a community service officer, and father and son had mailboxes side-by-side at the Police Department.

Loran Baker told the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 2010 that his son's choice to pursue a career in law enforcement surprised him, but he saw glimpses of himself in Adam. He said he told his son to work hard for the department.

"It's a great community to be a cop," he said. "You don't get bored."

Det. Butler came to Santa Cruz to study at the university and stayed, the newspaper said.

"You have to be a people person down here," she told the newspaper in a 2005 interview. "I really do know people's names."

Mayor Hilary Bryant said the community was "heartbroken at the loss of two of our finest police officers who were killed in the line of duty, protecting the community we love."

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