Man Suspected in Santa Cruz Police Killings Had Moved From Berkeley

Jeremy Peter Goulet used to live near the UC Berkeley campus.

A man who moved out of a Berkeley apartment in September is suspected of killing two Santa Cruz police officers Tuesday. 

Police said Tuesday night that Jeremy Peter Goulet, 35, was shot and killed after shooting officers Elizabeth Butler and Butch Baker.

Shortly after the shootings were reported at 3:30 p.m., police had said they were looking Goulet as a person of interest in the case. In those initial reports, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel, a police bulletin said Goulet had three weapons registered to him, including a .40-caliber semi-automatic Sig Sauer.

The Sentinel also reported that Goulet was arrested by Santa Cruz police on Friday on suspicion of disorderly conduct at 801 N. Branciforte Ave., the same block where the shooting was reported Tuesday. Goulet listed his occupation as a barista.

The web site LocalCrimeNews.com gave Goulet's address as 2728 Benvenue Ave., Apt. 3, in Berkeley, an apartment building a block from College Avenue and about two blocks from Ashby Avenue. A neighbor said Tuesday evening that a man who lived in that apartment had moved away in September.

Of the move to Santa Cruz, Goulet's father told the Sentinel, "He just wanted to move close to the coast. So he moved down there, got a job, and moved in with some roommates."

According to OregonLive.com, Goulet was arrested for spying on a woman in a shower in Northwest Portland in 2008. He got into an altercation with the woman's boyfriend, and a .22-caliber gun Goulet was carrying fired twice. He told a judge that he liked to videotape unsuspecting women on his cell phone in his spare time. He was convicted of invasion of privacy and carrying a gun without a conceal weapons permit, but a jury acquitted him of the charges involving discharge of the weapon. He was sentenced to three years probation and sex offender treatment, but the sentence later was revised to two years in jail.

Patch Regional Editor Alex Gronke contributed to this report.


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