El Monte Police Department, California • Line of Duty Death: June 14, 2022

On June 14th, 2022 Sergeant Michael Paredes and his partner responded to a domestic violence report where they were involved in a fatal shootout with a gunman. The incident also claimed the life of Paredes’ partner, Police Officer Joseph Santana.

Born in Southern California and raised in El Monte, Paredes spent his childhood overcoming obstacles and surviving difficult circumstances with the help and care of his mother, Linda, and two older sisters, Melinda and Melissa. Paredes was an all star runner at Arroyo High School, where he eventually met his wife, Janine, in 1994. He also played the trumpet in the band and sang in the chamber choir.

Paredes began his 22 year long career as a cadet with the El Monte Police Department in July of 2000, and continued his training with the Rio Hondo Police Academy. He was motivated to join the force because he wanted to create a better life for himself and his family, and wanted to make a difference in the communities he grew up in and where he faced so much adversity. Paredes decided to be exactly who he needed when he was younger, taking a special interest in working with at-risk youth in his community.

Paredes strived to be the best husband and father he could possibly be, and he will be remembered by his friends and family for his dedication to creating a safe environment in his neighborhood. Paredes contributed to his community as much as he possibly could, having organized and created the 5k Foot Pursuit Race, the Halloween Trunk or Treat, and the Youth Summit. He also worked as a school resource officer, a detective, and was a member of the SWAT team. Paredes was posthumously promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

Paredes was an active member of the Upland community, volunteering to coach not only his children, but hundreds of children in the community in football, softball, baseball and soccer. He loved to travel with his family and showing them the world, taking part in activities such as water skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, zip lining, rock climbing, and many other outdoor activities. Paredes is remembered by those who knew and loved him for his contagious smile, and lighthearted attitude, but mostly for his dedication to his wife and children.

Sergeant Michael Paredes is survived by his wife, Janine, and their two children.