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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Yet another year passes and I still think about you all the time. It's getting harder and harder these days seeing my kids grow up and wishing you had the chance to be there for yours. I was at your daughter Alina's wedding about a year and a half ago and it was sooo beautiful, I know you were watching down and seeing her smile, she was so happy. I went to your gravesite this past year for the first time and I showed my kids where a real hero is buried. Your brother (George Parga / Fresno Police Department) passed away this past week and I hope you guys are reunited and enjoying those memories you used to have. I'll always be thinking about you Art on this day, it falls on the eve of my daughters birthday. I miss you but I know your legacy still lives on today and will be for eternity.

Detective Samuel H. Flores
Sacramento County Sheriff's Office

January 22, 2020

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