Responding to reports of a stabbing at a motel on Tuesday night, two El Monte officers were shot and killed, identified Wednesday by city and county coroner officials as CPL. Michael Domingo Paredes and Officer Joseph Anthony Santana.
“Both men were raised in the city of El Monte and were deeply related to the community they serve,” city officials said in a statement posted to Instagram along with photos of both men.
They both lived in Upland, coroner’s officials said Wednesday afternoon.
Officials said the 42-year-old Parades had worked as a full-time officer in the department since July 2000 and had worked in several specialized assignments before attaining the rank of corporal. He began his law enforcement career as a cadet with the EMPD.
Parades leaves behind a wife, a daughter and a son.
Officials said Santana, 31, came to the department after working three years as a deputy sheriff with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. He was hired in the department in 2021. He previously worked with the city as a part-time public works employee prior to his law enforcement career.
Santana leaves behind a wife, a daughter and twin boys.
“He was such a lovely father,” Olga Santana, the petty officer’s mother, said in tears on Wednesday. “He would get tired of his days off, but he was always taking them to Disneyland or the Speedzone, or playing baseball with them in the yard.”
Santana’s mother described him as a reserved person who shared his relentless, dry sense of humor with those he was close with. He loved playing basketball, was generous with his time when off-duty and was always eager to help a friend in need.
When he was growing up, Joseph Santana looked up to his stepfather, who was also an El Monte police officer, his mother said. That relationship inspired him to pursue a career in law enforcement.
“Before that, he worked for about two years at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department,” Santana’s mother said. “But then he got his dream job as an officer serving the community he grew up in.”
On Wednesday, the mother of the slain officer said she was grieving with relatives in Upland, and she was struggling to process their loss. He never saw “her smile, her sarcasm, just seeing her around her kids”. She has found some degree of comfort from the company of loved ones, but only “very little”, she said.,
“It’s just family – we do the same things and we can see ourselves in them,” said deputy Mariscal. “It’s just sad.” He and his companions dropped flowers on behalf of the entire department. pic.twitter.com/55skHAkWOor
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“Corporal parades and Officer Santana paid the ultimate sacrifice in the display of a noble profession, a community they loved,” officials said.
Officers responded to the Siesta Inn on Garvey Avenue, but were immediately fired upon, officials said. Both were taken to LAC+USC Medical Center, where they died.
Officials said the suspect was shot dead by at least one other officer outside the hotel. He died on the spot and his identity could not be ascertained till Wednesday afternoon.