(October 30, 2014) Man Charged With Murder After SWAT Officer Was Killed Serving No-Knock Search Warrant at His Home
A SWAT officer serving an early morning “no-knock” search warrant was killed after being shot in the head during the raid.
Officer Shaun Diamond, 45, succumbed to his injuries Wednesday in a Pasadena hospital. David Martinez, of San Gabriel, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of an officer.
Diamond was wounded as he attempted to lead fellow officers into the home around 4 a.m. Tuesday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eddie Hernandez said.
As is the case in most of these military-style raids on homes, it took place in the middle of the night, when the homeowners are usually asleep.
Had police simply knocked on the door this entire incident could have been avoided.
The warrant was being served to investigate Martinez’s involvement in an alleged “outlaw motorcycle gang.” Instead of gathering evidence through a peaceful and announced search and possibly making an arrest by conducting an actual investigation, SWAT goes in, without knocking and the situation is immediately escalated and prone to violence.