El Monte to Close City Facilities to Mourn Slain Police Officers

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El Monte’s City Hall and all city facilities are closed to the public Monday to allow employees to mourn the loss of two police officers who were killed in the line of duty last week.

Cpl. Michael Paredes, 42, and Officer Joseph Santana, 31, were fatally shot Tuesday after they entered a motel room to confront a suspect in a reported stabbing. The suspect, 35-year-old Justin William Flores, died at the scene of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.

“My employees are grieving the loss of two officers who were part of our El Monte family,” City Manager Alma Martinez said Friday in announcing the closure. “As we all cope with this tragedy, we are making counseling services available to all our staff and providing them with the support they need. This is the time for our Council, staff, and community to be united, support one another and grow closer together as we heal.”

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