DANA POINT The woman, whose boyfriend was at the center of a standoff between Orange County Sheriff Department deputies and a SWAT team, is calling the shooting in an exclusive gated Monarch Beach community a misunderstanding.
Deborah Diamond, a recently-appointed board member of the Tennis Villas at Monarch Beach homeowner’s association, said the shot on Sunday, July 23, occurred when her boyfriend of three months, tried to prove to her that his handgun was unloaded.
“I’ve just really gotten over the shock,” Diamond said late Monday, July 24 while staying at a neighbor’s place. “I had 15 tear gas bombs go into my house. That’s life-changing.”
The police standoff, that started at 11:24 a.m. Sunday and lasted nearly 10 hours, forced residents to leave their homes along Center Court and shut down the tennis courts and pool. At least a dozen sheriff deputies including a hostage negotiator tried to get the man to come out of Diamond’s condo.
As night fell, he still refused to come out. A SWAT team was called in. The team fired tear gas into the home and he was ultimately apprehend by a K-9 officer.
He was taken into custody and is at a local hospital for the dog bite, said Dana Point Police Chief OCSD Lt. Russ Chilton.
“As soon as he’s cleared to leave the hospital, we’ll book him into jail,” Chilton said Tuesday, July 25.
Chilton has not yet identified the man.
Diamond, 58, who said she was first handcuffed and then kept in the back of a sheriff’s patrol car for hours, said she has not talked to her boyfriend, adding she is still unclear why he wouldn’t come out.
“He’s a manly-man and a little anti-authority,” she said.
“I think it was a huge overreaction and cost the taxpayers a lot of money,” Diamond said. “It was a two-second accident that turned into a huge humiliation.”
Chilton said that his deputies got a call about a gun shot and a woman screaming.
“If you have shots fired and a screaming woman, do you think…