The mother of Officer Joseph Santana, one of two El Monte, CA, police officers killed last Tuesday in a gun battle, lays the blame for her son's death on LA County District Attorney George Gascón.

Santana was shot and killed, along with Corporal Michael Paredes while responding to reports of a stabbing at an El Monte motel. 

What makes this even more difficult for Santanna’s mother Olga Garcia, was the news that the suspect who police later shot and killed, who served time for auto theft and burglary some ten years ago, was on probation from his most recent gun arrests in 2020 instead of in prison because of DA George Gascón's policies, Fox 11 reports. 

"Gascón's just letting all these criminals out and they just keep doing one crime after the other. And that guy should've been in jail, if he wouldn't have been out, my son and the other officer would still be here," Garcia said.

"He was a family man. He loved his wife, his children. He looked forward to his days off so they could spend time together to do things. He was just a wonderful father, husband, son," she said.