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 inro marijuana trafficking. The suspect was then shot by another officer.

Officer Parga 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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Hi Art! Everyone still misses you and thinks about you and your family! Another year goes by and this last year you are probably saying you are glad you are up there and not down here. It’s been a crazy COVID year. I’ll go to sleep again tonight thanking you for making the ultimate sacrifice for you and your community. The amount of lives you saved by risking your own is immeasurable. Love you and miss you!

Sergeant Samuel Harvey Flores
Sacramento Sheriffs Office

January 23, 2021

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