2 Santa Cruz, Calif., police officers shot dead

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SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say two police officers have been killed in a shooting in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak has confirmed that the officers died after the shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that the first of two shootings took place as police were investigating a sexual assault. A suspect fired, hitting the two officers.

The two police officers killed were identified as Sgt. Loren Baker, a 28-year veteran of the department and Detective Elizabeth Butler who was with Santa Cruz police for 10 years.

A third person was shot while police were in pursuit of the shooter. Authorities say that person also died.

Associated Press

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