Patrolman Jose Diaz Fort Lauderdale Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2005
Biographical Info Age: 37 Tour of Duty: 16½ yr Badge Number:Not available
Incident Details Cause of Death: Fall Date of Incident: Saturday, October 8, 2005 Weapon Used: Not available Suspect Info:Not available
Patrolman Jose Diaz was killed after falling from a highway overpass while assisting other officers perform a felony traffic stop of a suspected police impersonator on I-95 near the interchange with I-595.
Because of the darkness, the area between the two highways appeared to have a solid surface. Patrolman Diaz attempted to take cover on the other side of the overpass barrier and jumped over it. He fell and landed on the ground, approximately 110-feet below. He was transported to Broward General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The driver of the vehicle that had been pulled over was a private investigator and, upon investigation, was determined to have not committed any crime.
Patrolman Diaz had served with the Fort Lauderdale Police Department for 2.5 years, and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.