Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker Santa Cruz Police Department, California End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Sergeant Loran Santa Cruz Police Department, California

Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker

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

Biographical Info

Tour of Duty: 28 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

Sergeant Loran Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler 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.
Sergeant Baker had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 28 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and two daughters. Sergeant Baker’s son also serves with the Santa Cruz Police Department.

SANTA CRUZ — Even before his sudden death at the hands of a gunman Tuesday, Santa Cruz police Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker had left a legacy.

In addition to being one of the most veteran and respected officers in town, Baker, a 28-year member of the force who was nearing retirement, passed on the love of policing to his son Adam. The young man was just out of Harbor High School when he started serving as community service officer, a position he still holds.

In 2010, the Sentinel reported Adam Baker had grown up hearing stories from his well-respected father.

"I’ve grown up around this place," he said. "I’ve always wanted to work for Santa Cruz."

At the time, Butch Baker said the choice his son made to follow in his footsteps "kind of threw me for a loop."

Their mailboxes were placed side by side at the department.

"I’ve been inspired by that ‘new guy’ persona. … I get glimpses of me when I first started," Butch Baker said at the time.

Police Chief Kevin Vogel was Butch Baker’s partner at the time Adam Baker was born.

Baker worked with UCSC Executive Vice Chancellor Alison Galloway, a noted forensic anthropologist, on several notable cases including the still-unsolved case of Pogonip Jane, a woman whose remains were found in Santa Cruz’s largest greenbelt in 1994.

Butch Baker said in 2010 that he told his son to work hard for the department.

"It’s a great community to be a cop in," he told the

Sentinel. "You don’t get bored."

Deborah Elston, a co-founder of the advocacy group Santa Cruz Neighbors, has relied on Butch Baker for support and who has been working with Adam Baker recently to help clean up the San Lorenzo River levee.

"It’s such an incredible loss of his expertise and just a salt-of-the-earth guy," Elston said, adding that he was "very personable, thoughtful and very approachable."

In addition to his son, Baker leaves behind a wife and two daughters.


1 Response to “Sergeant Loran "Butch" Baker Santa Cruz Police Department, California End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 2013”

  1. 1 Joan Parker February 27, 2013 at 14:34

    Rest In Peace Sergeant Baker…

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