Dad: Santa Cruz cop shooting suspect's anger, sex obsessions led to fall

  • This undated photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department shows Jeremy Goulet. Goulet, 35, a recently fired coffee shop barista with a criminal history, opened fire on two Santa Cruz police detectives Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, when they came to his house to investigate a sexual assault complaint from a female co-worker. Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler were shot and killed outside the home of Goulet, who fled and later died in a shootout with police. (AP Photo/Santa Cruz Police Department)

SANTA CRUZ — The man shot to death by Santa Cruz police after killing two detectives fought losing battles to control his rage and a Peeping Tom obsession, destructive urges that led to his failure in the military and set him on a path toward the deadly final conflict, his father says.

After more than a decade of warning signs that Jeremy Goulet was the "ticking time bomb" his father described, Goulet flung open his door and fatally shot two detectives sent there to investigate a sexual assault complaint against him.

The quiet beach town was still reeling Wednesday as teary-eyed law enforcement leaders struggled to explain how Goulet, 35, had managed to kill Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Elizabeth Butler the previous day.

Wednesday night, hundreds of grieving community members gathered for a vigil near the police department, with photos of Baker and Butler sitting on a table surrounded by flowers and candles. Some people wore blue-and-black armbands in solidarity with the police.

Those who knew or were associated with Goulet said a hatred for the justice system had swelled in him since he graduated in 2000 with a degree in criminal justice from San Diego State University. This feeling was fueled by years of run-ins with police and prosecutors after accusations during his military tenure of sex-related crimes, his father, Ronald Goulet, 64, told The Associated Press.

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