Police Officer Shaun Diamond Pomona Police Department, California End of Watch: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Police Officer Shaun Diamond | Pomona Police Department, CaliforniaPomona Police Department, California

Police Officer Shaun Diamond

Pomona Police Department, California
End of Watch: Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 16 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: October 28, 2014
Weapon Used: Shotgun
Suspect Info: Arrested

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Paul Capraro
Pomona Police Department
490 W. Mission Blvd
Pomona, CA 91766
Phone: (909) 620-2155

Police Officer Shaun Diamond succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day as he and members of a regional SWAT team attempted to serve a warrant on a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang.
Officer Diamond was the lead officer as the team attempted to make entry into the home in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue in San Gabriel. As they breached the storm door the subject inside opened the main door and fired a single blast from a shotgun, striking Officer Diamond in the back of the head. The blast also wounded the subject’s father in the arm.
Other officers immediately pulled Officer Diamond to a safe location and he was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he died early the following morning.
The subject was taken into custody at the scene.
Officer Diamond had served with the Pomona Police Department for eight years and had previously served with the Los Angeles Police Department and Montebello Police Department

A Pomona Police Department SWAT officer has died after being shot by a known gang member while serving a search warrant at a home in San Gabriel, officials announced early Wednesday morning. The gang member Investigators said Martinez has a criminal history, including domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon.

“It is with a heavy heart that we must deliver the news” of Officer Shaun Diamond’s death, the Police Department said in a statement.

Diamond, 45, was one of 14 SWAT officers who participated in a multi-agency operation early Tuesday morning at a home in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue.

The 16-year law-enforcement veteran, who had been with Pomona police for 8 years, was the first officer to enter the residence and was struck when a suspect fired a single round from a shotgun, investigators said.

Diamond was hit above his bullet-proof vest, possibly in the back of the head, police Chief Paul J. Capraro said at a Tuesday news conference. He was wearing a Kevlar helmet at the time of the shooting, Capraro said. The officers did not return fire.

Diamond underwent surgery at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, where the father of two was surrounded by family members and colleagues, police Lt. Michael Keltner said Tuesday.

After his death was announced Wednesday morning, his flag-draped body was placed in a coroner’s van outside the hospital and escorted by a police procession to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office in Boyle Heights.

Keltner described Diamond as a “top-notch guy” and “wonderful human being” who was active in the community, especially with children.

That sentiment was echoed by Diamond’s mother in an interview on Wednesday.

Joy Diamond described her son as a generous man whose organs were donated after his death, and who had previously donated a kidney to his son.

She said she that, while she was at the hospital following Tuesday’s shooting, she had received about “200 hugs” her son’s colleagues.

“I heard all day from fellow officers: ‘Shaun’s a hero,’” she said. “Shaun’s my hero.”

Diamond, 45, is a father of two with a 16-year career in law enforcement, according to KCAL9’s Crystal Cruz.

 

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