Patrolman Jose Antonio Diaz

Patrolman Jose Antonio Diaz

Fort Lauderdale Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, October 8, 2005

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Jose Antonio Diaz

Patrolman Jose Diaz was killed after falling from a highway overpass, on I-95 near the interchange with I-595, while assisting other officers perform a felony traffic stop of a suspected police impersonator.

Because of the darkness, the area between the two highways appeared to have a solid surface. Patrolman Diaz attempted to take cover on the other side of the overpass barrier and jumped over it. He fell and landed on the ground, approximately 110-feet below. He was transported to Broward General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

The driver of the vehicle that had been pulled over was a private investigator and, upon investigation, was determined to have not committed any crime.

Patrolman Diaz had served with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for 2-1/2 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 16 years, 6 months
  • Badge 343

Incident Details

  • Cause Fall

felony stop

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needed to come in here and chat. Its been a while and so much is going on. Especially with our son. I am sure you are proud of him. He has finally done it and his hard work is paying off. He is in the NC Academy. Please watch over him and keep him safe. He is super excited and just loves the PD Family he is joining. We talk almost every day about his progress and I can see that spark in him. He reminds me so much of you. I am sure he will do just fine. You taught him well. Destiny is doing well too. She is a manager for a tax company and is still in FL with me. She took after me :) . It's hard sometimes not having you around to talk about these things that are happening in their lives, but I am sure you hear us when we speak. Looking forward to his graduation and I know you will be there by his side. Missing you as always. Til we meet again!

Sylvia Diaz

January 27, 2023

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