Santa Cruz Police

6:00 am
Wed February 26, 2014

A Year Later, Capitola Police Chief Remembers Fallen Friend, Sergeant Butch Baker

A stone at the center of the Memorial Garden dedicated to Sergeant Butch Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler.
Credit Rowan Moore Gerety

A  year ago today, two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and killed during a sexual assault investigation. Detective Elizabeth Butler and Sergeant Loran “Butch” Baker were the first in the department’s 150-year history to die in the line of duty.

This morning, the Santa Cruz Police Department dedicates a memorial garden to honor the fallen officers, and their colleagues reflect on life in law enforcement.

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