The father of a suspect in the fatal shooting of two California police officers says his son was a ticking time bomb who had contempt for police and the justice system.
Ronald Goulet told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his son, 35-year-old Jeremy Goulet, had numerous run-ins with the law and swore he would never go back to jail.
But the elder Goulet said he never thought his son would turn to such violence.
Authorities say Jeremy Goulet shot and killed Sgt. Loran Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler on Tuesday afternoon. Baker was a 28-year veteran of the department, and Butler was a 10-year veteran of the department. Baker was married and the father of two daughters, while Butler leaves behind two young sons.
The detectives wanted to question Jeremy Goulet regarding a report of inappropriate sexual advances with a co-worker.
Residents on the adjoining streets where the shootings occurred received an automatic police call warning them to stay locked inside. About half an hour later, more than a dozen semi-automatic shots echoed down the streets in a brief shootout that killed Goulet.
Goulet had body armor and three guns, authorities said.
A store clerk a few buildings away from the shooting said the barrage of gunfire was "terrifying."
"We ducked. We have big desks so under the desks we went," said the clerk, who spoke on condition of anonymity and asked that her store not be identified because she feared for her safety.
She said she remained locked in her store hours after the shooting and was still scared.
As darkness fell, helicopters and light aircraft patrolled above the neighborhood, which is about a mile from downtown Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The campus of University of California, Santa Cruz, is about five miles away.
During a news conference late Tuesday night, police said Goulet had a criminal record in Portland. A search of criminal records in Oregon returns only one man with that name.
In 2008, Goulet faced an attempted murder charge in connection with an incident where he fired a gun in the middle of northwest Portland neighborhood. He was later acquitted of attempted murder but convicted on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and invasion of privacy.
Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.