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detective elizabeth butler. i'm dan ashley. >> and i'm carolyn johnson. it started late this afternoon when the officers responded to a home and were met with gunfire. >> we have team coverage with abc7 news reporter alan wang on a department absolutely in mourning. >> we begin with lisa amin gulezian with the latest on the investigation. lisa? >> reporter: carolyn, the crime scene tape is still up, and a very large police presence will remain here through the night. the sheriff's department meantime has taken over the investigation. it is trying to piece together what happened. from the street you can see confusion and fear and chaos all along santa cruz. and from up above, sky 7hd zeroed in so one house on this busy street. it belongs to jeremy gulet. they will not say why two police detectives came to his house at 3:30 this afternoon.
but as soon as they arrived things turned deadly. >> an altercation ensued between the detectives and mr. gulet. both detectives were killed at that scene. >> reporter: once back up arrived, the area was shutdown and a perimeter went up. then about 10 minutes later deputies and police cornered gulet on doyle street. >> a short chase ensued and gunfire was exchanginged between go let and a team comprised of sheriff deputies deputies and santa cruz police officers. gulet was killed at the scene. >> reporter: but the area remained on lock down impacting residents, teachers and children in several nearby schools. >> my son is in lock down along with my two nieces and my sister. >> i am angry and scared. i just want my child. >> reporter: by 7:30, four hours after the ordeal started, children were escorted out of school and safely bussed out of the area.
back here live now, and there are still a few residents who are not allowed down that road, but i did speak with an officer a few minutes ago, and he told me that in the next three or four hours everyone will finally be able to go home tonight. live in santa cruz, lisa amin gulezian, abc7 news. >> thank you. abc7 news reporter alan wang is live at the santa cruz police department tonight where people have been coming by all evening with flowers. is that right? >> yes, a steady stream of people are coming by here to pay their respects tonight. they say this is a tight knit community. many of these officers know each other outside of work. some of them even attend the same churches. their kids even attend the same schools and now they have lost two members of the family. >> for the first time in a santa cruz police department's history the flags were lowered killed in the line of duty. sergeant butch baker and elizabeth butler. >> elizabeth is a 10-year veteran of the santa cruz police department.
assigned to investigations. she leaves behind her partner, peter, and her two young boys. >> sergeant baker was close to retirement and had a son who works for the department. >> butch was a 28-year veteran of the santa cruz police department. he was a long-time friend of mine and a mentor. he leaves behind a wife, two daughters and a son who actually works for my department as a community service officer. >> reporter: while officers gathered at the police department's community room to mourn citizens formed a small memorial in the courtyard for others to drop off flowers and pray. a volunteer chaplain attended the officer's meeting. >> right now it is a time of connecting and supporting one another and listening and talking and just trying to set a tone for the next few days
and few weeks. >> down the street the church opened its doors to the community. most here were unaware of the officers' identities when we spoke to them. >> you know in santa cruz you are 1 degree of separation from knowing someone who is in the spotlight or who has been a victim of tragedy. >> i found out about it at the gun -- at the anti-gun rally, at the town clock. people were talking about it saying can you believe this is happening right now? there is a shooting occurring, and we are having an anti-gun rally here downtown. >> it has been a tough day here, but this department is getting a lot of support. condolences are coming in from other department, and the santa cruz county sheriff deputies are filling in for many of these officers. they will be patrolling the streets tonight. reporting live in santa cruz, alan wang, abc7 news.
>> alan, thank you. we are learning details about the killer, jeremy gulet, a man with a history of run ins with the law. john alsto in is live with that part of the story. >> abc7 news spoke with his father and we learned more about his troubled past going back at least five years. his father says gulet was a former marine who flew blackhawk helicopters and recently moved to santa cruz. in 2008 he was convicted in portland, oregon after several peeping tom cases. in one of those incidents he removed a window screen to watch a woman who was showering. he was carrying a gun at the time which went off during a struggle with that woman's boyfriend. he was sentenced to three years probation, but he was sent back to jail after peeping into windows during a visit with his probation officer. the father of the 35-year-old suspect told abc7 news his son was a really good kid who had some problems. again he says his son was a former marine who flew blackhawk helicopters in the
military. he recently moved from berkeley to santa cruz where he got a job as a barista at a coffee shop. he could not afford his own apartment on his salary and had to move in with two roommates. according to the santa cruz sentinal, on friday gulet broke into the home of a co-worker from the cough -- coffee shop and made inappropriate sexual advances. the co-worker filed a police report and spoke to police as late as this afternoon. abc7 news. >> thanks etch have. before we move on let's take you through the developments in the santa cruz officer shootings. it started around 3:30 this afternoon when officers went to a home on north bransiforti avenue to follow-up on an investigation. that's where they say jeremy goulet fired at police and killing two officers. a half hour later he was shot and killed in a brief shootout as police pursued him. the sheriff says around 9:30 officers were wrapping up a search of every home in the area for any possible outstanding suspects.
no more danger was found. he feel there's is that longer therefore a threat to the community. coincidentally, a rally against gun violence was underway in downtown santa cruz as the two officers were gunned down. there was this picture of the rally which was organized in response to the elementary school shooting in newtown, connecticut. stay with abc7 news for continuing coverage of the police shootings. we will update you immediately on any developments during this newscast and on twitter on abc7 news bay area. developing news, an oakland police search for several people following a chase through the city. sky 7hd followed the police pursuit near 86th avenue and olive street about 8:30. the suspects hoped out of the car and they took off running. the car was still rolling as police followed with guns drawn. police have not said what lead to the chase or if they have any suspects in custody. relatives of two cyclists thought to be missing in peru were thought to talk to the couple tomorrow.
they haven't been heard from for more than a month. their family went public with the concern they met with foul play, but today the government officials in peru announced they were found. abc7 news reporter john alston has the latest. >> reporter: they are alive and well according to peruvian authorities. the minister of foreign trade and tourism told abc7 news this afternoon that the couple was seen by an official of the national police examine local residence. >> so the three of them are going by boat. >> reporter: the oakland couple's latest excursion is a two-day trip on the napo river on the border with ecuador. >> we have been visiting very small villages in the jungle. >> they received calls from
the peruvian government and the u.s. embassy saying the two had been located. >> i am excited coming from them. that's awesome. that's really awesome. they have been a really big help with everything. i still want to hear my sister's voice. >> reporter: their family was more reserved in concord. >> we have no comment. the only comment is our family is working our butts off. >> reporter: his mother issued a written statement saying until we have proof of life we cannot celebrate these rumors and sight ings. proof of life is my son's voice on the phone and him holding the missing picture. they are working to confirm the couple was spotted in the next day or so. the peruvian official hopes to reach them by hydro plane and bring a satellite phone so they can call family members in california. abc7 news. well, hardly a cloud in the sky, but that could change. abc7 news meteorologist sandhya patel is here with the live doppler 7hd tonight. sandhya? >> yes, dan, and as you mentioned there is not a lot showing up on live doppler
7hd, but things could be changing in the not too distant future. let's show you live doppler 7hd. we have a couple of high clouds around, but really not bothering anybody. these are harmless. as you look at a live picture from our high definition roof camera you can see the bay bridge sparkling. the visibility is good and temperatures in the 40s except petaluma 39. it is going to be cool to chilly first thing in the morning. we have warmer weather coming. we will talk about that and promising signs of rain. carolyn and dan, i will have details coming up. >> sounds good. thanks, sandhya. double vision and sometimes triple vision while driving. >> michael finney is here now with an investigation. >> carolyn and dan, why some drivers say they can't see clearly from inside a popular car. >> i was just inned kind of freaked out. i didn't understand what was going on. >> you will see for yourself next on the abc7 news. >> and lost temper. what set off this man to tear up an airport check in counter?
drivers of late model toyota priuses say something is happening to affect their ability to drive safely. >> traffic lights and on coming headlights are distorted by the wind shield. >> 7 on your side's michael finney has been looking into the complaints and joins us now. >> yes, it is an issue federal regulators say doesn't appear to be a safety issue. the numerous people who say they have experienced the problem firsthand strongly disagree.
this man from fremont is concerned about the safety of his family. >> i have a six-year-old and three-year-old. i don't take them in this car at night. >> so is jason from uh -- arinda. he avoids driving at night if possible. >> i leave work early in some cases. >> both own a 2012 toyota prius, and both say their vision through the windshield at night makes driving unsafe. this is video of the view through amid's windshield he posted on youtube. amid and jason say tail lights, streetlights and on coming headlights and traffic lights appear blurry. they seem larger than normal and can be seen in trip plaw cet. jason recalls the day he almost hit a pedestrian because he was blinded by the multiple images of light. >> i was freaked out. i didn't really understand what was going on. >> reporter: amid told me the so-called ghosting affect is best seen on dark streets from a distance of about 50 feet. >> will we see it when we drive around?
>> we will stey right now if we drive around. let's go. >> the problem he has with his windshield is not always evident. it usually can't be seen on well-lit streets or closer distances. >> now look at the arrow up front. you can see three arrows actually. >> i see the one below it. i don't see the one above. >> there is one above as well. joy i am seeing it now. >> and then as we get closer to the light the ghosting uh tect tect -- affect seems to disappear and the multiple arrows we saw merge into one. jason and amid are not the only ones complaining about this. a forum on the website prius chat includes postings by 40 prius owners who say they have the same problem. prius 4 owner said on the stoplight i can see three images of the red light. in the middle, the real one, and two ghost images, below and above. john hoskins says dealer denies warranty cufnlg and says the problem was caused by the environment.
and then from mike, hopefully there will be a recall and get these defective windshields replaces. >> some people will say it is just not that bill of a deal. >> i think it is a big distraction while driving. i just don't feel safe enough. second thing, this is a brand-new car. i don't expect to have these kind of issues. >> we found a dozen formal complaints since january 2012 to the national highway traffic safety administration or nhtsa. they said they found no evidence of the safety detect trend in these vehicles. nhtsa will continue to monitor the issue and will take appropriate action as warranted. toyota agrees and told 7 on your side by e-mail that toyota is aware of the small number of complaints on the nhtsa website regarding windshield availability for 2012 through 201 -- for 2010
to through 2012. we made arrangements to evaluate some of the vehicles. the glass company in tokyo manufactured the windshields. a u.s. spokesman for agc did not get back to us with answers to our questions. toyota has agreed to replace jason's windshield, but his attorney, mark anderson, said it didn't improve the situation enough. >> i replaced the windshield once, but it didn't help much. they don't have a fix. >> our investigation has caught the attention of industry experts. herb is a former member of the society of automotive engineers auto glazing standards committee. after seeing the youtube videos he plans to bring this up at the next meeting. >> i want them to investigate the cause of the distortion and to indicate what kind of testing might be required. >> i would definitely register it.
>> jason has sued under the lemon law and is demanding a full refund. toyota declined to comment on the suit. >> michael, thank you very much. well, we all know a trip to the airport can be a nerve-wracking experience, but a government official in china took it to the next level. take a look at this freakout. top level government official and his family missed their flight not once, but twice. when the flight crew wouldn't let them board he smashed computer equipment and tried to bash in a gate door. he has since apologized and police are now investigating. >> where was security when this was going on? >> you feel for his frustration, but it is a little extreme. >> you do feel for his fuse station. frustration. and let's talk about the forecast. changes coming in the weather. >> sandhya patel is here. >> it is going to be warmer and then we should see some rain. as you look at the wayneing -- the moon it is 90% full. visibility gave us this
beautiful shot. and thousand let's check out live doppler 7hd and you will see a few clouds patsing through. passing through. we are seeing a few clouds off the coastline here. no rain being detected by our radar, but that may be changing. extra clouds coming your way on thursday and it is spring-like warmth for friday. we will see temperatures getting into the mid70s in the warmest inland communities. here is what is happening the next couple days. we have this area of high pressure keeping the storm track away from the bay area. so really right on through the weekend storm track stays north of the bay area. but we will see some small changes. tomorrow you will notice a few extra high clouds around. the temperatures may take a slight dip. thursday will hold your numbers as a weak system passes to the north and we will see partly cloudy skies. but then by friday, the numbers are going up well above normal for this time of year. tomorrow morning when you head out the door it is going to be mostly clear. but it will be chilly in our inland communities, midto upper 30s. you will want to grab a
sweater or jacket. low 40s around the bay. and then by afternoon mostly sunny, occasional high cloud, gorgeous day. 64 in san francisco. up to 68 napa and santa rosa and 67 in cloverdale and out toward concord and san jose. 67 degrees and palo alto 66 and near 70-degree weather for santa cruz. here is a look at your accu-weather forecast. we are looking at sunny and mild conditions tomorrow. temperatures are going up. by friday low to mid70s for most of the bay area with the exception of the coast. a little cooler on saturday, but it is a bigger drop on sunday. now tuesday is what i want to draw your attention to. it is not only cooler, but the computer models are bringing in a better chance of seeing some rain around here. it could spill over into wednesday. abc7 news has another great weather resource for you. follow live doppler 7hd on twitter for the latest bay area weather conditions. rain or shine. carolyn and dan? >> we will do it. thank you so much. >> time for sports. >> larry beil is here. >> the small and trapy --
good evening. it is a bad idea to fight with a guy who is a foot taller than you are. give steph curry credit and for courage, the warriors' guard was sticking up for his teammates. this was the steph curry show in a variety of ways. knocking down seven three's. to the rack and strong. had only nine points. curry making it rain from way out. he had a warrior season high 38 points. but david west wint for 2 -- went for 28 here. steph is bombing away with a rainbow three. the warriors down six. that's as close as they would get though. six minutes left in the game. they start shoving in the lane and curry jumps in. he tosses him aside like he is 10 pounds or something. he goes back and it is 7 foot 2, 280 and sends him down
again. they tustle and the pacers win the game ending golden state's winning streak. to the ice where this is commonplace. the sharks are just one win in their last 10 games. 20 22nds in and joe thorton and a no look pass. a bang-bang play and 1-0 sharks. the second period and james shepherd backhand right on the stick of galliardi. with over three minutes left though to the net and the puck is sitting right beside him and poked up. credit the goal and tied at two. they go to the shootout and patty marlow beats him. he can win it right here and he does so. turning back john mitchell. good night, game over, drive home safely. 3-2 the final. this is the fight guererro has been waiting for. he will square off against the undefeated floyd may whether in las vegas. it figures to be a
multimillion-dollar pay day for guererro. he has been hoping for a big fight on a big stage, and this is it. the man known as "the ghost" has been trying to lineup a bout with may weather for years. >> i was called him out. he came back with i don't know what it was, so i started to hit the welter weight division and now m why the mandatory. i earned the shot and deserve the shot. i am excited about that. >> some people think that "the ghost" will be listed as a 10-1 favorite come fight time. abc7 sports is brought to you by river rock casino. what an upset it would be. >> thanks, larry. >> just ahead, an update on our top story. >> that's right. the killings of two santa cruz police officers.
we do have warmer weather coming by friday and the possibility of rain next week. mike niko will be tracking it all 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. carolyn, dan? >> thank you. an update on tonight's breaking news. two santa cruz police detectives gunned down in the line of duty. >> they were responding to a home on north ransiforti after. after a confrontation the man fatally shot the officers. then took off. >> officers tracked the suspect down and shot him in an exchange of gunfire. >> sergeant butch baker and detective elizabeth butler was a 10-year veteran. >> they are the first santa cruz officers ever killed in the line of duty. >> tragic day in santa cruz to be sure. that is our report for the moment. thank you for being here. i'm dan ashley. >> i'm carolyn johnson. our coverage of the santa cruz police officer shootings will continue on the abc7 morning news at 4:30. >> and of course we are always available to you at
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