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Employees at Shooter's Last Job Busy and Tight-Lipped

Employees at the Kind Grind and at Cafe El Palomar next door have been talking to each other about Jeremy Peter Goulet.

Employees at the beachfront Kind Grind coffeeshop have been talking about Jeremy Peter Goulet, the 35-year-old suspect authorities say fatally shot two Santa Cruz police officers Tuesday on Branciforte Avenue before other officers killed him in a shootout.

But an employee at the coffeeshop who answered the phone Wednesday said "We're not making any statements" about Goulet or his recently ended employment at Kind Grind.

Around the corner in the same building at Cafe El Palomar, an employee told Santa Cruz Patch she'd heard Goulet had worked at the Kind Grind until Saturday. But she referred questions back to employees at the Kind Grind.

Business was brisk Wednesday afternoon at both businesses on East Cliff Drive.

Goulet was a suspect in a misdemeanor sexual assault case when Santa Cruz police Det. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler approached the door of Goulet's residence Tuesday afternoon, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak said at a news conference Wednesday morning.

The ensuing gunfire, deaths of two police officers, and final shootout rattled all of Santa Cruz County and reverberated through the law enforcement community statewide.

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Jane February 28, 2013 at 01:07 AM
The Kind Grind is one of my favorite locally owned businesses. I commend them for their silence today- I think its a classy move that shows solidarity for everyone involved; especially the barista who was harassed. I am incredibly glad that she made it through this ordeal alive. Things could have turned out very differently for her. Keep your chins up, Kind Grind. We love you.
Johnny at the Harbor February 28, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Maybe it about time even small businesses like the Kind Grind run background checks on it potential employees..had this been done this Killer and weirdo would NEVER have been hired.....and its possible this tragedy would never have taken place....Nowadays with all the creeps in this town, ya just never know...just pray for the victims.....
Janelle O'Day February 28, 2013 at 06:55 PM
<3 to the Kind Grind. Peace to SC
SC Resident March 01, 2013 at 03:28 PM
It wouldn't have even taken a background check--in the hours following this tragedy, before his background was widely known, the first result in a Google image search for the name "Jeremy Goulet" was his mugshot from his Oregon "peeping Tom" conviction. It's certainly a stretch to hold the Kind Grind responsible for this tragedy, but our local businesses should take greater care and think of the safety of their own employees when hiring.
Evelyn Winnegar March 02, 2013 at 11:47 PM
I send my sympathy to those who knew and worked with Goulet. May you recover well from this shock and horror. Many are thinking about you as you go through this time of healing.

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