Man shot at Dallas airport terminal faces assault charges

Photo released by Carrollton Police Department

The man who was shot outside a Dallas airport has been identified as 29-year-old Shawn Nicholas Diamond of Edgewood, Maryland.

Diamond was shot by an officer after a domestic disturbance where he according to police hit his ex-girlfriend and beat-up her vehicle with a traffic cone and large landscaping rocks.

While he is still in stable condition, he is facing two separate assault charges; aggravated assault and assault family violence.

During a press conference Friday, Police Chief David Brown at Dallas Police Department said Diamond had rocks in his hands as he was charging toward an officer outside the Dallas Love Field terminal.

According to Brown, Diamond had left his employment in Maryland and gone to see his ex-girlfriend in Dallas on June 6. When Diamond arrived the ex-girlfriend became fearful of him, walked away from him and got into her car. As a result suspect Diamond drove away from the location and intentionally steered his vehicle into trees standing in the center median in the Dallas suburb of Carrollton. He was arrested by Carrollton Police Department and charged with criminal mischief for causing $3,700 in damage to city owned trees by driving recklessly.

When he was released from jail his ex-girlfriend agreed to take him to the airport so he could return to Maryland. During the ride he hit the woman several times, and when they arrived at the airport Friday, as he was pulling his luggage from the vehicle, he picked up the traffic cone and rocks and began smashing her car.

An officer intervened and aimed a gun at Diamond when he was damaging the vehicle at the airport. When Diamond did not lay the rocks down, but rather began to charge against the officer with them in his hands, the officer shot him.

Another officer was at the scene with a stun gun, but he never fired it. The officer who shot Diamond was removed from patrol duty while an internal review is pending, Brown said.

Dallas police Sgt. Mike Beattie said this is the first shooting in the 89-year history of Love Field. He also said airport police receive special training on how to spot suspicious-looking travelers, called “crowded-environment training.”