Thomas Todd was in the right place at the right time. Or perhaps it was the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Santa Cruz resident happened to be home in the 800 block of North Branciforte AVenue about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday when a suspect engaged in a shootout with police, and ended up killing both of them.
Jeremy Goulet, 35, was killed in the shootout, but not before he killed Det. Sgt. Loran "Butch" Baker and Det. Elizabeth Butler, who had a combined 38 years of experience with the Santa Cruz Police Department.
The officers were there to investigate a sexual assault allegation.
Todd arrived home about an hour before the unprecedented police shooting - the two officers were the first killed in the line of duty. When Todd heard the shots, he turned on his camera and let it run, filming amidst gasps and a big "Uh Oh," and several expletives of astonishment.
The video is filled with the sound of gunshots and police and their dogs swarming around a sunny palm-tree filled neighborhood.