What we know about El Monte's deadly motel shooting; 2 officers dead
Updated: Jun 16
Two El Monte Police officers were killed after responding to a domestic violence incident at a motel in what El Monte Mayor Jessica Ancona says the officers were "essentially ambushed."
The LA Times is reporting the shooter's name is Justin Flores.
The El Monte Police Department announced the identities of the two officers killed in yesterday's shooting:
Cpl. Michael Domingo Paredes, age 42, was a 22-year veteran of the force who leaves behind a wife and two children.
Officer Joseph Anthony Santana, age 31, joined the El Monte Police Department last year. He leaves behind a wife and three children.
Why it matters:
The El Monte police shootings happened a day after a California Highway Patrol officer was wounded in a shooting in Studio City, per ABC 7.
Driving the news:
According to the LA Times, the incident occurred just before 5 pm at the Siesta Inn, located on Garvey Ave. Three officers responded to a call regarding a stabbing at the motel.
As the officers arrived at the scene, they "immediately took gunfire,” from the suspect in a motel room, per CBS News.
The suspect ran off to the parking lot, where gunfire continued between three officers and the suspect.
The two wounded officers were transported to LA County USC Medical Center, where they died. The suspect died at the scene.
There is some dispute about the details of the shooting; Mayor Ancona called the shooting an ambush but during a late-night press conference Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department stated officers "confronted the suspect."