LOS ANGELES - One of two police officers killed in a shootout with a suspect in Santa Cruz was from Lomita and went to school in Torrance.
Detective Elizabeth Butler was a 10-year veteran of the Santa Cruz Police Department.
Butler, who leaves behind a partner and two young sons, and 28-year Santa Cruz police veteran Sgt. Loren "Butch" Baker were both in plain clothes when they were gunned down around 3:30 p.m. outside the suspected shooter's house. Baker leaves behind a wife and three children.
The suspect, identified as 35-year-old Santa Cruz resident Jeremy Goulet, was shot and killed by police about 30 minutes later.
Butler and Baker were the first officers to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the Santa Cruz Police Department.
Butler, who has family in the South Bay, graduated from Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, according to CBS2.
Her sons are 2 and 5 years old, her sister told NBC4. She grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Santa Cruz to attend UC Santa Cruz in 1992 before graduating from the Evergreen Police Academy and joining the Santa Cruz Police Department, where she worked as a patrol officer and eventually became a detective, according to an interview with her posted on the department's website.
In the interview, Butler said she enjoyed living and working in Santa Cruz and derived satisfaction from serving its residents and making the city "a safe place to live and raise families."
"This is the darkest day in the history of the Santa Cruz Police Department," Police Chief Kevin Vogel told reporters Tuesday night.