Police Officer Joseph Anthony Santana

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El Monte Police Department, California

End of Watch Tuesday, June 14, 2022



Police Officer Joseph Santana and Corporal Michael Paredes were shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call at 10327 Garvey Avenue.

At 4:45 pm, Officer Santana and Corporal Paredes responded to a report of a possible stabbing between a boyfriend and girlfriend. When they arrived at the hotel room, they were met with gunfire. The subject fled into the parking lot and responding officers exchanged gunfire with the suspect.

Both officers were taken to the L.A. County USC Medical Center where they succumbed to their wounds.

The subject was shot and killed.

Officer Santana had served with the El Monte Police Department for one year and previously served with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and twin sons.