Two Santa Cruz police officers were tragically shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon — marking the first deaths of any active SCPD officers in the department's history.
The victims have been identified as Detective Elizabeth Butler, a 10-year veteran, and Butch Baker, a 28-year veteran.
Butler is survived by her partner Peter and their two young sons. She lived on Sims Road near Pasatiempo golf course, just 1.3 miles south of the Scotts Valley city limit.
Baker, a Santa Cruz resident, leaves his wife, two daughters and a son. His son also works for the department.