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Suspected California cop killer was convicted of spying on Portland woman in shower

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The California man suspected of fatally shooting two Santa Cruz police detectives was convicted of spying on a Portland woman in the shower.

Investigators say Jeremy Goulet, 35, gunned down the detectives who came to his home investigating a reported sexual assault. The barista was arrested last week, accused of making unwanted sexual advances on a co-worker.

Police shot and killed Goulet Tuesday afternoon after shutting down his neighborhood to search for the suspect.

Goulet was released from the Multnomah County Jail in April 2010, following an invasion of privacy conviction.

He was previously convicted of a similar offense in California.

The man who caught Goulet spying on his then-girlfriend said he has two very opposite feelings about Goulet's violent actions and death.

"One of shock and one of not being surprised at all," said Danny Thomas. "The shocking part was that he's coming back into my life and I was hearing his name again. Not being surprised, being him hurting other people, I guess."

Goulet was arrested in October 2007 after Thomas and his then-girlfriend caught Goulet spying on the woman while she showered in their northwest Portland apartment.

"We looked out the window, there was a screen that was taken off and a stick that was poked through the blinds," he recalled.

Thomas confronted Goulet that night, chasing him into a nearby dog park. Two weeks later, he saw the man outside their apartment building again.

"I told him, 'Hey, I told you not to come back.' Right when I said that, he grabbed for his pocket," Thomas said. "I didn't really wait, I just grabbed him and we started fighting."

Thomas said he thought Goulet was reaching for a knife, but instead pulled out a gun. The gun went off twice during their fight, in which Thomas bit off part of Goulet's ear.

The following year, a Multnomah County jury convicted Goulet of invasion of privacy and illegal possession of a firearm, both misdemeanors. He was acquitted of more serious charge of attempted murder.

"I just think, man, if we were able to stop him at that time, maybe things could be different," said Thomas.

Goulet was originally sentenced to probation and a sex offender treatment program, but was sentenced to two years in jail after he violated his parole. At the time, a judge gave Goulet the option of continuing the treatment program and spending up to 90 days in jail, but he chose the longer sentence.

Thomas said he tried to keep tabs on Goulet after his release from jail, searching his name on the internet every two months. He moved out of the neighborhood where he lived in 2007, worried Goulet would return.

He did not know the man had returned to California.

While he is relieved he no longer has to worry about Goulet, his thoughts are with the California families now dealing with tragedy.

"I just really feel for the people that lost family members on both sides of it," he said. "It's just a really tragic story."

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