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Sergeant Loran Lee Santa Cruz Police Department, California

Sergeant

Loran Lee "Butch" Baker, Jr.

Santa Cruz Police Department, California

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 28 years

Badge # 105

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/26/2013

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Shot and killed

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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 who was inside the residence, opened the door and immediately shot and fatally wounded both officers. He then stole both of their handguns and fled the scene in their unmarked vehicle.
He was located nearby approximately 30 minutes later and was shot and killed when he opened fire on responding officers. The subject was wearing body armor at the time he was killed by other officers.

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.

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

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