Santa Cruz Mayor Reacts To Fatal Shooting Of Two Detectives
Santa Cruz, California (CNN) - Authorities say a man suspected of killing two police detectives in California on Tuesday is now dead.
Police say it's believed the suspect gunned down the Santa Cruz Police Department officers when they approached him during an investigation.
When backup arrived, the suspect had disappeared, prompting officers to set up a perimeter.
Officers located him and a chase ensued, followed by a gunfight.
Authorities say that's when officers shot and killed the suspected gunman.
The mayor of Santa Cruz says the community is in mourning.
I cannot begin to express the shock and sadness that we feel this evening, two of our most beloved officers were killed in the line of duty and it has rocked our community to our absolute foundation.
The officers killed are detectives Loran Baker and Elizabeth Butler.
Baker was a 28-year-veteran of the department, who left behind a wife, two daughters and a son -- who also works for the department.
Butler was with the department for 10 years. She leaves behind two young boys.