Police Officer Diego Moreno

Police Officer Diego Moreno

Kent Police Department, Washington

End of Watch Sunday, July 22, 2018

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Diego Moreno

Police Officer Diego Moreno was struck and killed by a patrol car while deploying spike strips during a vehicle pursuit.

The pursuit started after officers began investigating the sounds of gunfire they heard in the area of a mobile home park. They attempted to stop a pickup truck leaving the area, but the 16-year-old driver refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit along Route 516.

Officer Moreno was attempting to deploy spike strips at the intersection of Route 516 and Meeker Street when he was struck by one of the patrol cars involved in the pursuit. The patrol car then crashed into several parked vehicles.

The truck continued to flee but crashed a short distance away. One occupant in the vehicle and the other two were arrested after fleeing the area. The driver was charged with murder and the other two were charged in connection with the initial shooting. In November 2019 the driver pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 4 years in juvenile detention.

Officer Moreno had served with the Kent Police Department for eight years.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 265308

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Convicted of murder; sentenced to 4 year

juvenile, shots fired call, spike strips, vehicle pursuit

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July 22, 2020 - Two years of your absence... and as I said once, your absence became your presence. Your beautiful smile and your beautiful eyes are there daily, to remind me of your beautiful love and existence. Your soul is so intertwined with your Billin's and mine, that there are no minutes within the hour, or hours within the day when you are not present. But still, this presence, in your absence hurts. So much. I love you, son. Till the end of my days. Your momo... PFHR.

Lizzie Lee
Mother of Diego Moreno - Kent Police Department - Kent, WA - EOW 07/22

August 6, 2020

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