UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal shared the following statement on Tuesday night after learning of the death of two City of Santa Cruz police officers earlier in the day:

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"Like others in our community, I am shocked and saddened by news that two City of Santa Cruz police officers lost their lives Tuesday in the line of duty.

"I know I speak for everyone at UCSC when I say that our hearts go out to the families and friends of the fallen officers. We also offer our deepest sympathies to Mayor Bryant, Police Chief Vogel, and his entire force.

"Our campus chief, Nader Oweis, has also offered Chief Vogel whatever law enforcement assistance he requests during this crisis."