SIERRA VISTA — Cochise County Sheriff’s Office reports it’s assisting with an officer involved shooting that left a Sierra Vista man dead Friday night.
The Cochise County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday identified the dead man as David M. Diaz, 28, of Hereford, who was shot and killed after he fired on authorities who had responded to a domestic violence call in the 5000 block of South Mountainside Lane south of Sierra Vista, said CCSO spokeswoman Carol Capas.
The call came in at about 8 p.m., said Capas, who noted deputies encountered a woman with children who reported her distraught husband had fled in his vehicle following a physical altercation between the couple.
“An attempt to locate was issued to local law enforcement agencies as a welfare check for the husband, and a Patagonia Marshal deputy observed a vehicle matching the description in the Highway 82 area near Patagonia,” said Capas.
Diaz, who refused to yield, led authorities back toward Tombstone and subsequently Sierra Vista and into residential neighborhoods on the city’s east side, firing shots at deputies attempting to stop the vehicle creating an immediate concern for public safety, said Capas.
The vehicle finally did stop behind a church on Avenida Del Sol, prompting a response from Sierra Vista Police Special Weapons and Tactical Unit, as well as ground and air support from U.S. Border Patrol.
Just after 11 p.m., Diaz allegedly fired several shots, striking a SWAT vehicle occupied by officers prompting return fire from SVPD Cpl. Jeremy Wolf a 14-year department veteran. Wolf has been placed on administrative leave, standard protocol whenever there is an officer-involved shooting.
“This will be a joint investigation between the Cochise County Sheriff's Office and Sierra Vista Police Department, with the Sheriff's Office taking the lead and the Federal Bureau of Investigation shadowing,” said Capas.
There were no officers injured in the incident, said Capas.