• Matt Esnayra

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 latest:

Multiple news outlets are reporting the gunman who killed two El Monte police officers Tuesday afternoon was a gang member and was on probation at the time of the shooting.

  • 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.

Of note:

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."

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