PORAC Establishes Fundraiser for Slain El Monte Officers

The Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC) has established a fundraising campaign on behalf of the slain El Monte officers’ families that were killed Tuesday after being shot.

The fundraiser hopes to achieve a goal of $200,000. The Fund a Hero Campaign explained that Cpl. Michael Domingo Paredes, 42, and Officer Joseph Anthony Santana, 31 were both born and raised in El Monte.

You can donate to the campaign by clicking here.

Both officers died after being shot around 5:10 p.m. Tuesday in a gunfight at the Siesta Inn, 10327 Garvey Ave., where they had responded on a report of a stabbing. Authorities say the officers confronted a suspect in a room at the motel, leading to gunfire.

The suspect ran outside into a parking lot, where another shooting occurred. The officers were taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where they both died. The suspect — identified by his mother as Justin William Flores, 35 — died at the scene of the shooting.

The officers were both married fathers.

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