The black-and-whites stretched for half a mile Thursday as they adopted a procession of bike cops alongside the shuttered 10 Freeway east of Los Angeles.
They got here from far and huge, even past California’s border to escort the hearses carrying Sgt. Michael Paredes and Officer Joseph Santana, El Monte lawmen killed in a shootout earlier this month.
Hearth ladder vans shaped arches at overpasses because the procession made its manner from El Monte police headquarters within the San Gabriel Valley to the Ontario sports activities enviornment, a stone’s throw away from Upland, the place the 2 household males lived.
Paredes, a 22-year-veteran, and Santana, a newcomer to the division, have been gunned down by a probationer at El Monte’s Siesta Inn on June 14 after they responded to a report of a stabbing and have been ambushed shortly after getting into the motel room. The 2 males have been homegrown, Mayor Jessica Ancona stated, as soon as stars on native highschool sports activities groups.
Paredes, 42, who began as a cadet earlier than being sworn in as a full-time officer in July 2000, is survived by his spouse, a son and a daughter. He was posthumously promoted to sergeant.
Santana, 31, labored for his hometown of El Monte as a public works worker for six years earlier than beginning his legislation enforcement profession as a deputy with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Division. He served on the West Valley Detention Middle till October, when the calling from his tight-knit hometown was an excessive amount of to withstand. He’s survived by his spouse, a daughter and twin sons.
Justin Flores, 45, fatally shot each officers within the head after they rescued a lady from a room on the one-story stucco motel in a stretch of El Monte that has struggled with crime.
The officers have been in a position to get the sufferer out of the room whereas Flores retreated into a toilet. Flores then opened hearth, taking pictures each officers within the head, sources advised The Instances. Flores stole a gun off one of many fallen officers and bumped into the motel car parking zone, the place he engaged in a gun battle with different responding officers. He fell to the bottom earlier than taking his personal life.
Flores was on probation on the time of the taking pictures, however his probation officer hadn’t seen him in particular person in additional than six months. Within the days earlier than the killings, the Los Angeles County probation division obtained regarding studies that Flores was in possession of a gun — which he was barred from having as a consequence of a felony conviction — and that he had overwhelmed a lady he was romantically concerned with, in line with three legislation enforcement officers with direct information of the case.
Flores’ mom additionally referred to as her son’s probation officer in early June to report he had begun utilizing medication once more in March and begged his probation officer for assist, however the officer refused to debate the case along with her.
A documented member of the Quiet Village gang, Flores had a prolonged felony report that included convictions for housebreaking, a number of driving violations and a large number of arrests for drug possession, court docket information present. In early 2021, he was positioned on probation as a part of a plea deal after he was arrested for being a felon in possession of a gun.
Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. George Gascón has confronted heavy criticism for the plea deal, which some critics dismissed as too mild. Deputy Dist. Atty. Larry Holcomb stated he needed to revoke the strike allegation after Gascón took workplace, in line with a disposition report reviewed by The Instances. That’s as a result of the brand new D.A. had issued a “particular directive” that barred prosecutors from submitting strike allegations on his first day in workplace.
Santana’s mom, Olga Garcia, publicly blamed a district legal professional’s coverage that eliminated prior strikes within the gun incident and would have probably required Flores to serve jail time. Gascón, who’s going through a recall drive, has insisted the plea was “applicable beneath the circumstances.”