PORTLAND, Ore. -- Multnomah County parole and probation officer Jani McCord is a 12-year veteran with a caseload of sex offenders, but Jeremy Peter Goulet stood out in her mind.
Goulet, 35, who last week killed two Santa Cruz police officers, was assigned to McCord after being accused in 2007 of peeping on a 22-year-Portland woman and firing a gun during a fight with the victim's boyfriend. A jury acquitted him of three felony charges, finding him guilty on two misdemeanors, but a judge still ordered Goulet to undergo treatment.
Almost immediately, McCord knew Goulet was trouble.
"He was somebody I thought could come to my house and kill me," McCord said, days after the Feb. 26 shooting in Santa Cruz.
Combative from the start and concerning due to his military background, Goulet once sparked an incident in which he refused to leave the Portland Department of Community Justice premises and was confronted by about 10 probation officers.
McCord even went so far as to show Goulet's picture, and a picture of his truck, to her neighbors, asking them to be alert -- something she hadn't done before, and hasn't done since. And she brought her weapon home.
"I was very concerned. I don't typically take my gun home, and I took my gun home quite a few times" while supervising Goulet, McCord said. "I knew (treatment) wouldn't go well."
Santa Cruz Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark believes more alarms should have been raised based on what is now known about Goulet's past, questioning the lack of a felony conviction or other penalty that would have prevented Goulet's lawful ownership of a gun.
"It's outrageous," Clark said.
Probation reports from Portland describe Goulet as someone who "spent a lot of time in angry rumination." The former Army pilot, who was trained as a military policeman while in the Marine Corps Reserve, once noted to authorities at his probation office that security there was lax. He even made a thinly veiled weapons threat against McCord.
"He was concerning from the get-go. It is not normal for me to see someone the day after his intake, and I saw him the day after his intake," McCord said.
Probation officers by nature deal with difficult characters, and documents show Multnomah County officials taking a firm stance against a client who clearly did not think he needed treatment. It does not appear Goulet ever made it into therapy before being hauled back before a judge.
In two months, probation officials made four visits to Goulet's then-Northwest Portland home. Uncooperative and confrontational, reports say, Goulet acted in ways similar to what Santa Cruz police say happened on Feb. 26, when Goulet refused to open his door before ambushing Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and detective Elizabeth Butler.
"He wanted to be in control. He didn't want home visits," McCord said. "It reminded me so much of what happened (in Santa Cruz)."
After yelling at probation officers during one home visit and generally being uncooperative, Goulet was arrested. At first he resisted handcuffs, twisting his arms to try to get away from McCord and her partner.
When hauled before Portland Judge Erich Bloch, Goulet declined further treatment. Bloch gave him a stiff sentence -- maximum one-year penalties for each of the two misdemeanors, stringing them back-to-back. Despite the two-year sentence, Goulet would not have been prohibited from gun ownership.
Since last week's shooting, Goulet's family has stated that he had peeping compulsions, and Goulet was convicted of peeping-related misdemeanors in San Diego, Portland and Berkeley.
But records show a more violent streak as well, discharging the weapon in Portland case and later acting combative toward and even physically struggling with Portland authorities. And Goulet's father recently said his son vowed never to be taken into custody again.
In 2006, military prosecutors in Hawaii brought Goulet up on successive rape charges against female military officers. But those charges were dropped in exchange for an "other than honorable" discharge, after which Goulet made his way to Portland and, eventually, Santa Cruz.
Last week, the Sentinel filed a Freedom of Information Act request related to the dropped court martials. Army officials have not returned numerous requests for comment.
Local investigators also have requested those records -- which appear to have been unknown to Baker and Butler at the time of the deadly encounter, which ended with Goulet's death as well -- as they prepare a report on the shooting. McCord said she had copies of them in her files on Goulet, but there was nothing to alert the officers to that fact.
Peeping records from California would have been easier for local officers to obtain, but experts say there is no reason to believe those kinds of sex offenders are dangerous or violent.
"While people can peep to intimidate, or to scope out potential victims, those who specialize in voyeurism are satisfied by the peeping alone," said Chrysanthi Leon, a criminologist at the University of Delaware. "Historically, experts in sexual offending have been trying to correct this misperception about the tendency for voyeurs and exhibitionists to escalate."
Clark encouraged the state Legislature to examine ways for police officers to get better information on offenders. One potential avenue is COPLINK, a still-nascent shared database being rolled out among both Southern and Northern California departments.
Clark said Santa Cruz police are connected to COPLINK, which alerts departments if another agency has information on a suspect. For now, doing a background profile on every contact isn't feasible, Clark said.
"If we did that on every case we were following up on, we would have to quadruple the size of our department," Clark said.
And Clark, who was at HP Pavilion in San Jose on Wednesday preparing for the memorial for Butler and Baker, added that the danger is not just to police, but to everyone.
"It's incredibly tragic that this happened to police officers (but) it could have very well happened to anyone in this community," he said.
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At a glance
Jeremy Goulet's troubled past
June 1996: Enlists in U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
April 1998: Enrolls in a Marine Corps officer candidate program.
February, April 2000: Cited in Peeping Tom cases in San Diego.
December 2000: Unenrolls from Marine Corps officer candidate program, according to military sources.
June 2002: Discharged from the Marine Corps, several months after unit is called to active duty.
January 2004: Joins U.S. Army, assigned to Fort Rucker in Alabama for training. Becomes Blackhawk helicopter pilot.
March 2005: Stationed in Honduras.
April 2006: Stationed in Hawaii. Court-martialed on successive charges of raping female officers. Under plea deal, military drops rape charges for an 'other than honorable' discharge.
February 2007: Officially discharged from military.
March 2007: Moves to Portland, Ore.
Late 2007: Charged with privacy invasion, gun and attempted murder charges. Convicted only of two misdemeanors. After he failed to comply with court-ordered treatment, judge imposes stiff back-to-back year sentences.
April 2010: Released from Portland jail.
September 2011: Moves to Berkeley.
August 2012: Accused of peering into a house, takes plea deal for 20 days in jail and three years of probation.
Late 2012: Moves to Santa Cruz, starts working at harbor-area coffee shop.
Feb. 22, 2013: Breaks into co-worker's home and allegedly gropes her leg in her bed. Arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct; released without paying bail.
FEB. 23: Fired from his job at a coffee shop.
FEB. 26: Opens fire on two police detectives who came to his door following up on the groping accusation, killing both. Dies about 30 minutes later in shootout with law enforcement.