Lemoore Police Officer Jonathan Diaz, 31, was shot and killed November 2nd while intervening in a domestic violence incident while off duty.

Officer Diaz was attending a birthday party at a home in Hanford when another partygoer was violently assaulted by her boyfriend. Diaz was able to move the woman outside to safety and then returned into the home to de-escalate the incident.

The subject who assaulted the woman was an investigator for another local agency. As Officer Diaz re-entered the home the man opened fire, killing Officer Diaz and wounding his own father. The subject then killed himself.

Officer Diaz was the recipient of his agency’s 2018 Officer of the Year award.

Officer Diaz had served with the Lemoore Police Department for 3 years and had previously served with the Huron Police Department for 3 years. He is survived by his 3 children.