“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. (story continued below video)
Officer 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.
Officer 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.
Officer 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 Officer Diamond as a “top-notch guy” and “wonderful human being” who was active in the community, especially with children.
A gunman accused of shooting a Pomona, Calif., police SWAT officer who was serving a search warrant has been identified by authorities as David Martinez a 36-year-old member of a “dangerous” motorcycle gang, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Martinez of Montebello is being held on $1-million bail. He’s due in court Thursday.
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