Detective Elizabeth Butler Santa Cruz Police Department, California End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Detective Elizabeth Butler | Santa Cruz Police Department, CaliforniaSanta Cruz Police Department, California

Detective Elizabeth Butler

Santa Cruz Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Biographical Info

Age:
Tour of Duty: 10 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 26, 2013
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Kevin Vogel
Santa Cruz Police Department
155 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone: (831) 420-5800

Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Loran Baker were shot and killed as they followed up on a sexual assault investigation at a residence in the 800 block of North Branciforte Avenue at approximately 3:30 pm.
The suspect began fighting with the officers and fatally shot them both during the struggle. He then fled the scene but was located nearby approximately 30 minutes later. He was shot and killed by responding officers when he opened fire on them.
Detective Butler had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 10 years. She is survived by her two children and boyfriend.

SANTA CRUZ — Like generations of others, Santa Cruz police detective Elizabeth Butler came to town to study at UC Santa Cruz and stayed.

The 10-year veteran of the force was gunned down Tuesday alongside veteran Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker. She had worked as a patrol officer, hostage negotiator, downtown foot and bike officer, and an agent assigned to the Santa Cruz County drug task force.

In a June 2011 post on the Police Department blog, Butler said she grew up in Los Angeles and moved to Santa Cruz in 1992 to attend UCSC, where she graduated as a community studies major.

She wrote she enjoyed morning buns rolled in sugar at Kelly’s Bakery on the Westside and the view at night of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk while riding a roller coaster.

"I enjoy living and working in Santa Cruz because one can enjoy the ocean, the mountains, interesting people, and a healthy lifestyle all in one spot," wrote Butler, adding that she enjoyed hiking, walking on the beach, cooking and spending time with her family.

But she also dealt with the other side of life in Santa Cruz as part of her job.

Butler gave testimony in an April 2012 preliminary hearing of a man accused of killing a Santa Cruz woman and leaving her body in his apartment for days. The man, John Bruce Clauer, still awaits trial on first-degree murder charges.

In 2005, the Sentinel profiled Butler while she was patrolling downtown. A reporter described her as "friendly, but with the stern edge of a parent or teacher."

She encountered a young man sitting on a planter box and told him, "You know you can’t sit here," then adding to the reporter, "I’m always reminding him that the parking lot is private property. It’s a lot like parenting with all the reminders."

Butler described her job then as a mixed bag of public relations and fighting crime, saying almost every day she would confront homeless people, shoplifters, drunks, drug deals, panhandling, and tourists asking how to get to the beach or where to get the best burger in town.

"You have to be a people person down here," Butler told the Sentinel. "I really do know people’s names. You know their names, you know the ones who have problems with narcotics."

Butler is survived by her partner, Peter, and two children.

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1 Response to “Detective Elizabeth Butler Santa Cruz Police Department, California End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 2013”


  1. 1 Joan Parker February 27, 2013 at 14:37

    Rest In Peace Detective Butler…


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