HARRIS COUNTY – It was announced over the weekend that a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy has passed away after suffering from a medical issue while responding to a stabbing scene.
According to Harris County officials, the deputy, identified as Omar Diaz, 39, was responding to an incident that happened on Stone Pine Lane near Blazey Drive close to Cypress Ridge High School at around 4:00 a.m. on July 6 where he discovered a woman who had been stabbed 10 times inside of a home, said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.
On July 6 at approximately 6:30 a.m., Sheriff Gonzalez informed the community via social media that Deputy Diaz suffered a medical crisis causing seizures while he was hanging crime scene tape.
The deputy was transported to the hospital where doctors unsuccessfully attempted to save his life.
At approximately 9:00 a.m on July 6, Sheriff Gonzalez tweeted, “It is with great sadness that we must report the passing of our deputy. He was out on a stabbing scene this morning when he experienced a medical emergency. He was taken to Northwest Hospital but doctors were unable to revive him. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.”
Sheriff Gonzalez added, “Deputy Diaz served his community with honor and distinction. This entire Harris County Sheriff’s Office family is grieved by the tragic loss of our brother.”
Deputy Diaz, a 10 year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office leaves behind a wife and daughter.
The woman victim involved in the stabbing that Deputy Diaz was responding to is currently in the hospital and is expected to survive her injuries.
A person of interest connected to the stabbing has been identified by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as 37-year-old Paul Reyes, and is currently being searched for by HCSO. Anyone with information about this individual is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Unit at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.