Officer Arthur Paul Parga

Officer Arthur Paul Parga

Stockton Police Department, California

End of Watch Friday, January 22, 1993

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Arthur Paul Parga

Officer Arthur Parga, Jr. was shot and killed while assisting a countywide narcotics task force in serving a search warrant. He was on a SWAT team when they entered a house, and the owner confronted them shortly after 2 a.m.

Officer Parga was the first to enter the house. He was shot in the head and leg during the raid, which was part of an ongoing investigation into marijuana trafficking. The suspect was then shot by another officer.

Officer Parga served with the Stockton police force for more than three years and previously was a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputy from 1984 to 1989. While working at the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department, he led the investigation into a notorious local “freeway rapist” and was responsible for his arrest.

Officer Parga is survived by his wife, who was pregnant at the time, and a 5-year-old son.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

Raid, swat, warrant service

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Another year goes by and we all still miss you Art! I know you are looking down on us and protecting us. Your Niners beat the Packers this past weekend and they are one win away from the Super Bowl. You gave your life protecting your community and you will never be forgotten!

Sergeant Samuel H. Flores
Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office (Family Friend)

January 22, 2024

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