Santa Cruz Police Department
The Santa Cruz Police Department has concluded its investigation into the fatal shootings earlier this year of detectives Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler.
Records show the Army commander of a former soldier who gunned down two California police detectives had allowed him to resign from the military instead of face a court-martial when he was twice accused of rape.
In the weeks since two Santa Cruz police detectives were gunned down last month, a memorial fund for their family members has been growing and currently stands at more than $300,000, a city employee said Friday.
Mourners packed HP Pavilion in San Jose for a memorial Thursday for two Santa Cruz police officers killed in the line of duty last week.
A public viewing was held Wednesday for Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler of the Santa Cruz Police Department, who were killed by an armed suspect on Feb. 26.
A man is being held on $250,000 bail after his arrest Friday on suspicion of stealing a large bouquet of flowers from a memorial for two Santa Cruz police officers killed in the line of duty on Tuesday.
A Purple Heart medal was found pinned to a teddy bear as an anonymous tribute to two Santa Cruz officers who were killed in the line of duty.
The joint public memorial for Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler will take place at 11 a.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Arena, Chief Kevin Vogel said.
Two Santa Cruz police detectives gunned down while investigating a sexual assault complaint were interviewing the suspect when he shot them by surprise, according to sheriff’s officials.
Officers from the Santa Cruz Police Department were now expected to resume patrols on Friday, authorities said, following the shooting that took the lives of two Santa Cruz police officers.