Detective Elizabeth Chase Butler

Detective Elizabeth Chase Butler

Santa Cruz Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Elizabeth Chase Butler

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 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.

Detective Butler had served with the Santa Cruz Police Department for 10 years. She is survived by her two children and her boyfriend.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 172

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

sex offender

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Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Sometimes I get mad, sometimes I don't understand, sometimes I feel anxiety, and sometimes I get sad and cry. There's a lot of unsettled emotions. I walk around and do my best to carry on. I have a daughter that I need to be strong for. If it wasn't for her, I would still be angry all the time. I walk around as an internally wounded officer...just learned to hide it now a days. I miss your laugh,wish you were still around.

Sergeant Karina CeceƱa
Santa Cruz Police Department

March 18, 2017

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