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Deputy Sheriff Robert Lee Paris, Jr. | Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California

Deputy Sheriff

Robert Lee Paris, Jr.

Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: 16 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/12/2012

Weapon: Rifle

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Deputy Sheriff Robert Paris was shot and killed while he and another deputy were serving an eviction notice at the Whispering Woods apartment complex on Chrysler Drive in Modesto.

The deputies were attempting entry into the residence around 11:00 a.m. when the suspect opened fire with a rifle, fatally wounding Deputy Paris and a civilian locksmith who had accompanied them. The suspect then barricaded himself inside the residence for several hours before committing suicide after the apartment complex caught fire.

It was later determined that the suspect was armed with 22 firearms, a gas mask, and other tactical equipment. While barricaded in the building, he cut through walls into adjoining apartments in order to have multiple vantage points.

Deputy Paris had served with the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department for 16 years. He is survived by two adult children, parents, brother, and sister.

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I didn't get the honor of knowing Bob, but my father did. My Father and Bob were very good friends. They first met at Modesto Reservoir when they were working graveyard shift together. Their friendship grew from there. they always went hunting together. The other day, we went and visited his grave. That was the first time I had ever seen my dad cry.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we thank Deputy Paris for his service to Stanislaus county

Jacob Lamela
May 14, 2014


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