Dimas Diaz Jr., 43
Dimas Diaz Jr., a 43-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by law enforcement officers on Saturday, Jan. 12, on the 101 Freeway just north of the Las Virgenes Road exit in Calabasas, according to Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner records.
The incident began in the late morning when Ventura County Sheriff's Department deputies went to a home in Camarillo regarding a domestic violence incident, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Scott Hoglund. The alleged assault involved a woman Diaz had been dating, Hoglund said.
When the deputies arrived, Diaz fled in a stolen sedan, Hoglund said, and the deputies got into their car and gave chase, through the city limits of Camarillo. When Diaz drove south on the 101 Freeway, California Highway Patrol officers joined the pursuit.
Diaz crashed his car on the 101 Freeway just north of the Las Virgenes Road exit around 11:15 a.m., and then refused to give himself up to the deputies and officers for about 50 minutes, Hoglund said.
"He was uncooperative, not following instructions from the officers and getting in and out of the car," he said.
The CHP shut down both sides of the freeway as authorities tried to get Diaz to surrender.
Then, around noon, a Ventura County sheriff's deputy and a CHP officer began shooting, Hoglund said.
Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:15 p.m., according to coroner's records. The cause of death was listed as multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators are trying to determine what prompted the shooting, Hoglund said. No weapon was found on Diaz or in the vehicle, he said.
A photo published by the Thousand Oaks Acorn captured the moment officers began shooting, with lines of stalled vehicles backed up behind them and many people standing outside their cars, watching the standoff.
Diaz lived in Santa Barbara and was wanted on a Ventura County Superior Court warrant issued in November 2018, charging him with being a "parolee at large" who should be considered armed and dangerous, according to court records. Diaz pleaded guilty to making criminal threats and violating a protective order on Nov. 21, 2016, and was paroled from prison on Dec. 15, 2017, according to court records.
The shooting is being investigated by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau because the incident happened in L.A. County. Anyone with information on the matter is asked to call the Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.