Houston-area sheriff’s deputy dies after medical emergency

A Houston-area sheriff’s deputy has died after suffering a medical emergency while responding to a stabbing call.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says 39-year-old Omar Diaz was assisting at the scene of a stabbing early Saturday when he became ill. He was taken to a hospital where he died shortly after arriving.

A cause of death has not been determined.

Diaz, who was married and had a daughter, was a patrol deputy assigned to northwest Harris County.

He began his career with the sheriff’s office in 2009 as a detention officer.

Gonzalez says Diaz “served his community with honor and distinction.”

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