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Deputy Sheriff Jose Antonio Yolo County Sheriff's Office, California

Deputy Sheriff

Jose Antonio "Tony" Diaz

Yolo County Sheriff's Office, California

End of Watch: Sunday, June 15, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 140

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Deputy Tony Diaz was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of County Road 6 and County Road 99W at approximately 9:30 pm.

After a five-minute high speed pursuit, the suspect exited his vehicle and opened fire on Deputy Diaz, penetrating his vest, striking him in the shoulder.

Despite his wound, Deputy Diaz was able to call for assistance. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The suspect, who fled on foot after abandoning his infant in his car, was apprehended a short time later. On October 4, 2011, the subject was convicted of multiple charges, including murder of a peace officer. The jury recommended he receive the death penalty and in February 2012 the presiding judge subsequently upheld the sentence.

Deputy Diaz had served with the Yolo County Sheriff's Department for four years. He is survived by his three children.

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Tony, I remember that fateful night. I woke up to my dad leaving our house late that Sunday night. I turned on the scanner we had and I listened all night to my dad and some of the other officers who I knew he worked with. When My family had heard of your passing it saddened all of us. I hope your family has found some comfort. I was just a little boy when all of this happened. But I will never forget how much of a hero you are. R.I.P. Jose Antonio Tony Diaz. We live and love as a family, we also grieve as a family.

Civilian Samuel B.
November 24, 2015


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