Crime & Justice

Pomona SWAT officer shot in San Gabriel has died

Officer Shaun Diamond, a 16-year police veteran, was shot Tuesday morning while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel. He died early Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
Officer Shaun Diamond, a 16-year police veteran, was shot Tuesday morning while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel. He died early Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
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Pomona SWAT Officer Shaun Diamond, who was shot while serving a search warrant in San Gabriel Tuesday, has died, according to police.

Diamond had been in critical condition at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena. On Wednesday morning, Deputy Chief Michael Olivieri said via Twitter that Diamond had passed away:

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David Martinez, 36, was arrested after the shooting Tuesday and booked for attempted murder of a peace officer. Police said they expect the charges to be upgraded to murder.  He is being held on $4 million bail.

“Shaun was somebody with an incredible sense of humor,” said Pomona Police Chief Paul Capraro. “He’s somebody that anybody would get along with.”

Diamond was a 16-year veteran, having served the Los Angeles, Montebello, and Pomona police departments, according to the Pomona police. He had worked for them since 2006, spending the last six years on the police department’s SWAT team.

The search warrant was being served as part of a joint task force investigation into the Mongols motorcycle gang, according to Nicole Nishida of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.  The task force included L.A. sheriff’s deputies and the Montebello and Pomona police departments.

Diamond was using a SWAT tool to force open the door to a house named in the warrant when he was shot in the back of the neck, Nishida said.

She said a preliminary investigation shows that Martinez fired one round from a shotgun. He surrendered after Diamond was shot, Nishida said.

Law enforcement officers formed a procession behind the coroner's van as it transported Diamond's body from the hospital early Wednesday, according to NBC4.

A statement from the governor's office said Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

"Officer Shaun Diamond made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his community, and it will not be forgotten. Anne and I join his family, friends and fellow Pomona peace officers in mourning this tragic loss," Gov. Jerry Brown said in the statement.

Diamond is survived by his wife, son, daughter, mother, father, sister and brother, according to the statement.

This story has been updated.