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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Last week was the 30th Anniversary of your "End of Watch". You would have been 61 years old and most likely enjoying a cold beverage while being retired watching the sunset. Your smile was contagious and I often think about you and your family and all the memories you missed out on. I know you are scratching your head about what is happening in law enforcement today, knowing you would have made a difference in so many peoples lives. I miss you Art and I know you are looking down on all of us, protecting us. Another year goes by as I get closer to retirement and watching my kids grow up. I know you were an awesome dad and loving husband and I try to do all the things with my family that I know you would have done with yours because I know God can take this away from me at any moment. We all miss you and one day we will all get a chance to see you again!

Sergeant Samuel Harvey Flores
Sacramento County Sheriff's Office (Family Friend)

January 30, 2023

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