Deputy Robert Paris of the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, April 12, 2012, in Modesto, Calif.
Sheriff's officials said he and another man were serving eviction papers at an apartment complex when the men were gunned down by someone inside the house.
Paris was 53, a 16-year-veteran of the sheriff's department.
"This is a tragic day for law enforcement and public safety,"" said Sheriff Adam Christianson. ""Deputy Paris paid the ultimate price, sacrificing his life, while protecting and serving the citizens of Stanislaus County.
""Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family, the community, our sheriff's family and all the law enforcement personnel from every jurisdiction in the central valley who come to our aid today.""
Deputy Paris is survived by his parents, a sister, a brother and two adult children.
Published in the Modesto Bee from Apr. 12 to Apr. 27, 2012