Santa Cruz police release names of officers killed in shootout 

click to enlarge Santa Cruz authorities prepare to search for a possible suspect involved in the killing of two police officers Tuesday. - DAN COYRO/SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL
  • Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • Santa Cruz authorities prepare to search for a possible suspect involved in the killing of two police officers Tuesday.

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

Police say they are still search for at least one other suspect.

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