In Memoriam

Two El Monte Police Officers fatally shot investigating domestic violence call. City grieves.

Celeste Fremon
Written by Celeste Fremon

Two El Monte police officers were investigating a domestic violence call at an El Monte motel when they were shot. The two officers were rushed to County USC Hospital, where they died of their wounds.

The suspect was shot and killed at the scene.

El Monte city officials explained in a written statement that the El Monte Police Department responded to a call of a possible stabbing at a motel near Garvey Avenue and Central Avenue Monday evening.

When police arrived, a gunman opened fire right away at the responding officers. Two officers were hit.

Although El Monte police are not releasing the officers’ names right now, they are both men with family ties to the El Monte community according to El Monte spokespeople.

One was reportedly a veteran officer of 22 two years on the force, the other officer was reportedly a rookie, with less than a year on duty.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is aiding with the investigation, and LASD Captain Andrew Meyer answered questions from reporters at a press conference on Tuesday night.

According to the LA Times, fellow officers carried the their gravely injured colleagues to police cruisers and drove them to the LA County-USC medical, a facility that is renowned for its ability to treat gunshot wounds.

Yet, this time all that expertise wasn’t enough, and now a city grieves.


  • Let’s see. It’s against the law to murder. It’s against the law to murder Police Officers, it’s against the law for a Felon to possess a firearm, it’s against the law to beat your girlfriend etc. Sooooooo what NEW gun law would have prevented this?

  • This? Presumably nothing. Apply your question to the most recent mass school shooting and a gun law preventing an 18 year old from buying a military weapon would have prevented it. The gun debate isn’t subject to glib little rhetorical questions, it’s a bit more complex than that.

  • @really
    I appreciate your honesty, but riddle me this. If a law prevented an 18 year old from buying a scary looking rifle, he /she could still buy a Shotgun. Do you have any idea of the devastation a 12 gauge shotgun would have on a classroom full of children? I do. It’s almost Unimaginable! Unfortunately nothing will ever prevent this from happening. NOTHING!

  • Let’s take the time to grieve the murder of the two El Monte warriors and allow their families and Department to do the same. Debating the causes now does little to honor these two heroes. RIP Cpl. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana.

  • Condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of these two officers. It appears these town officers embodied what many claim is wrong with police officers…that is they don’t come from the very communities in which they serve. Both were Latino and serving in a predominately Hispanic city where they had roots. Again, thanks and appreciation and thanks for these two human beings who were doing their job.

    Not to make this a political issue but in the spirit of the far left progressive woke using every opportunity when a shooting occurs to advance their anti-gun narrative, I do wonder if the “justice involved” murder of these officers had an extensive prior criminal history and whether or not if DA George Gascon’s directives had any impact on how the individual was sentenced for prior arrests? Could Gascon’s refusal to apply sentence enhancements and seek “real penalties” could have played a part in the murder being on the street and not in jail or prison? Gascons chief of staff is leaving going back to San Francisco. Are the rats jumping from a sinking ship? Hopefully Gascon will be out of a job and sent back to San Francisco where he and his buddy Chesa can “reimagine and restorative justice themselves” into oblivion. What is the “research showing”?

  • @Interested Party

    Thats so cliche! Now is the best time to debate, while it’s still fresh on everybody’s mind, because in a week after the Officers have been laid to rest, the story goes away.

  • Condolences to the families, friends and members of the El Monte PD. This sudden loss is staggering to you all and many of us grieve with you. Godspeed Officers,

  • It’s was DA George Gascon policy why that man was out on probation and not in prison. Another example on why his policies have failed society. Gascon has these two poor officers blood on his hands! Unbelievable!

  • @Bob

    I too am not a fan of Gascon. But he didn’t load the gun, give it to the Ex-Felon and pull
    The trigger. The Suspect did.

  • Gascons polices have changed the justice system all the way from the courts, to the police on the beat. Judges are lenient, DAs are not prosecuting, policemen feel it’s pointless to arrest because nothing will happen, even with repeat offenders. If the DA was tough on crime, and we followed the letter of the law, this guy never would have been on the street. Drive around LA, there more graffiti on the walls, more hypes walking around, and the city’s dirtier than ever. It’s unbelievable.

  • 3 strikes laws need to be reinstated.
    Vote out all progressive democrats and
    save California and hopefully, save more LEO’S lives. Liberals stink.

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