26Feb2013

Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker

Santa Cruz Police Department, California — Sergeant Loran Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed as they  followed up on a sexual assault investigation at a residence in the 800 block of  North Branciforte Avenue at approximately 3:30 pm.
The suspect who was  inside the residence, opened the door and immediately shot and fatally wounded  both officers. He then stole both of their handguns and fled the scene in their  unmarked vehicle. He was located nearby approximately 30 minutes later and  was shot and killed when he opened fire on responding officers. The subject was  wearing body armor at the time he was killed by other officers.
Sergeant  Baker had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 28 years. He is  survived by his wife, son, and two daughters. Sergeant Baker’s son also serves  with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

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