PEACE OFFICER DEATH
Corporal Michael Paredes
Officer Joseph Santana
El Monte Police Department
EOW: June 14, 2022
At approximately 4:45pm on June 14, 2022, two officers from the El Monte Police Department responded to a call for a welfare check and possible stabbing at the Siesta Inn in the city of El Monte. Authorities reported the officers confronted the suspect and gunfire erupted inside a motel room. The gunman then fled into the motel parking lot, where more gunfire was exchanged. The gunman was shot and died at the scene and a gun was found.
The two officers were transported to the hospital but, tragically, neither officer survived.
Corporal Michael Paredes, age 42 and a 22-year veteran of El Monte PD, is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.
Officer Joseph Santana, age 31, had been with El Monte PD for less than a year having served previously as a Deputy with the San Bernardino Co. Sheriff’s Department for three years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and twin sons.
The California Fraternal Order of Police asks that you keep the family and friends of Officers Michael Paredes and Joseph Santana, and our brothers and sisters of the El Monte Police Officers Association, in your thoughts and prayers.
A donation page has also been set up. All funds raised will go directly to support the wives and children of the slain officers. Please donate here. Or you can donate by check to El Monte Police Officers Association c/o Paredes Santana Memorial Fund PO Box 4577, El Monte, CA 91734