Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A prayer vigil will be held Thursday night in memory of Pomona police SWAT Officer Shaun Diamond, who was shot while helping to serve a warrant in San Gabriel, and the man accused of pulling the trigger could make his first court appearance.

Diamond, 45, was pronounced dead at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena at 3:24 a.m. Thursday. He was shot around 4 a.m. Wednesday while taking part in a multi-agency operation targeting motorcycle gangs.

The prayer vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Mission Boulevard and Park Avenue in Pomona.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Diamond was helping to open the outer door of a home in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue when an interior door of the home was opened and a single shotgun blast rang out. Diamond was struck in the back of the head.

Police did not return fire.

“The officers at this point didn’t have a clear shot at the suspect,” according to sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez. “The suspect, we’re being told, laid on the ground and put the firearm to his side. Also the (suspect’s) father was in the way and at that point it became a rescue operation to get the officer some medical attention. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.”

Authorities said Diamond had 16 years of experience in law enforcement. According to the governor’s office, Diamond worked with the Los Angeles Police Department from 1995-2002, then with the Montebello Police Department from 2002- 03. He joined the Pomona Police Department in 2006 and the SWAT team two years later.

The shooting suspect, David Martinez, 36, of San Gabriel was being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He was initially booked on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer but is likely to be charged with murder. He could appear in court as early as today.

Sheriff’s officials said Martinez has a criminal history that includes assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

Diamond is survived by his wife, a son, daughter, mother, father, sister and brother.

—City News Service

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