Deputy Shaw suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting crowd control at a riot. He and other deputies were on post at the Grand Prix Championship motorcycle race at Laguna Seca Raceway when a group of approximately 400 people began creating a disturbance. Dressed in riot gear, the deputies attempted to stop the riot, at which time Deputy Shaw suffered the heart attack. Other deputies performed CPR on him while surrounded by a ring of deputies holding the crowd back. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Deputy Shaw had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.