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Cause of death released for deputy who suffered medical crisis at stabbing scene

Deputy Omar Diaz suffered a blood clot to his lungs, according to the medical examiner's office.

HOUSTON — The Harris County Medical Examiner's Office has released the cause of death for the deputy who suffered a medical crisis while responding to a stabbing scene on Saturday

The cause of death has been ruled a pulmonary thromboemboli due to deep venous thrombosis -- which means a blood clot to his lungs.

Deputy Omar Diaz, 39, was responding to a report of a stabbing in northwest Houston Saturday morning when he collapsed. 

Credit: HCSO
Deputy Omar Diaz died after falling ill while responding to stabbing scene in NW Harris County

He was taken to Northwest Hospital where he died.  

Diaz leaves behind a wife and daughter.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Diaz begin his career in 2009 as a detention officer for the Harris County Sheriff's Office. He graduated from the sheriff's office basic peace officer's course in August 2018. 

Diaz was most recently assigned to patrol in the Crossroads Park subdivision in northwest Harris County.

"Deputy Diaz served his community with honor and distinction," said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. "The entire Harris County Sheriff's Office family is grieved by the tragic loss of our brother."

Funeral services for Deputy Diaz will be Thursday at the Champions Forest Baptist Church Jersey Village located at 16518 Jersey Drive.

The viewing will start at 10 a.m. and the service begins at 11 a.m. 

Interment follows at Forest Park Lawndale Funeral Home at 6900 Lawndale St.