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9 June 2015: Edmonton P/C Daniel Woodall, R.I.P.

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Condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the fallen  :salute:

This from Postmedia News:
The man believed to have killed an Edmonton police officer and injured his partner after firing off more than 50 shots in 10 minutes Monday night was found dead in the basement, police say.

The shooter, Norman Raddatz, 42, was wanted for criminal harassment of a local family when police Const. Daniel Woodall, 35, and his partner Sgt. Jason Harley, 38, showed up at a west-end home to arrest him.

Police say Woodall died in a hail of bullets shot through the front door. Harley was also hit but survived — Chief Rod Knecht said Harley’s bulletproof vest saved his life.

Knecht said Raddatz was known to police but didn’t have an extensive criminal record and there had been no “believed threat” when the officers approached the house.

Police were pinned down by gunfire for 10 minutes, the chief said.

“Those men were in harms way, and survived,” he said.

The scene became even more chaotic when the house went up in flames. Police suspect Raddatz started the fire ....
More media coverage here.

This from the Edmonton PS:
Members from the EPS Homicide Section and ASIRT continue to investigate the violent and deadly shooting incident that took the life of an EPS officer Monday evening outside of a west Edmonton residence.

Several officers arrived on scene at the west-end residence just before 8 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2015, to assist Const. Daniel Woodall and other members, in their attempts to execute a bylaw warrant and to serve new criminal charges relating to a criminal harassment investigation against Norman Raddatz, 42.

EPS members had obtained a warrant to enter the residence to affect the arrest of the suspect. It was during the time when members attempted to enter the residence that the shootings occurred.

Constable Daniel Woodall was fatally wounded and Southwest Division Patrol Sgt. Jason Harley was treated for minor injuries in hospital and released late last night, thanks in large part to the officer’s bullet-proof vest.

Late last evening, investigators subsequently located a body in the basement of the burned-out residence at 186 Street and 62A Avenue, late last evening. An autopsy will be held later today or early Wednesday, at which time the Medical Examiner is expected to release the identity of the deceased and cause of death.

“This is an extremely difficult time for our police service and our city. We’re grateful for the outpouring of support from our external partners and especially the citizens of our community. We grieve together today, and will offer our condolences and support to Const. Daniel Woodall’s family.”

Condolences for Const. Woodall, an eight-year EPS member recruited from England, and his family, continue to pour in from around the world. Details surrounding Const. Woodall’s funeral have yet to be determined, and will be communicated publicly following consultation with his family.

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) is tasked with investigating the death of the potential suspect, while EPS Homicide detectives are analyzing the events that led to the shooting death of Const. Woodall, of the EPS Hate Crimes Unit.

Background:
An Edmonton Police Service officer was shot and killed Monday evening and a second officer remains in stable condition in hospital, following an incident in southwest Edmonton.

“This is a tragic night for the Edmonton Police Service and our city,” said EPS Chief Rod Knecht. “I am extremely saddened to have to announce the death of one of our officers and the serious injury to another officer this evening,” said EPS Chief Rod Knecht. “On behalf of the entire EPS family, our condolences go out to their families, during this tragic time.”

Constable Daniel Woodall (35 years old), of the EPS Hate Crimes Unit, is confirmed as deceased, and Southwest Division Patrol Sgt. Jason Harley (38 years old), has been treated and released from hospital.

Standby for more media coverage of these guys ....
 

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More from the Canadian Press, published under the usual caveats of the Copyright Act.

Neighbours paint picture of troubled man in Edmonton police shooting

By Chris Purdy and John Cotter, The Canadian Press — Jun 9 2015

EDMONTON - Moments before he died in a barrage of bullets, Const. Daniel Woodall had been chatting with a man about whether his neighbour who was under investigation for hate crimes might have any guns.

Norman Raddatz was a 42-year-old refrigerator repairman — a divorced father with money problems, who didn't cut the grass around his west Edmonton bungalow and put dog poop on the top of his fence to irritate those living next door.

Ryan Colton didn't know much more about him, other than that he had a small dog.

"As far as guns, I said, 'I don't know.' That's all I could give him for info."

Woodall and seven other city officers, half of them in plainclothes, then approached Raddatz's home about 8 p.m. Monday. They knocked and announced themselves, and when no one answered, Woodall started using a battering ram on the front door, said Colton.

During the third blow, gunshots rang out, he said.

Woodall, a 35-year-old officer recruited from Great Britain, suffered a fatal, "catastrophic wound" despite wearing body armour, Chief Rod Knecht told reporters Tuesday.

He said another officer, the first at the door, was shot and wounded in the lower back as he turned around. Sgt. Jason Harley, 38, was wearing a bullet-proof vest and it saved his life.

Officers carried the wounded officer to the front corner of Colton's yard, where he helped by pressing a cloth onto the bleeding wound before an ambulance arrived.

For about 10 minutes, no one could escape the gunfire.

The remaining officers took cover behind vehicles until the bullets stopped flying.

In all, officers counted 53 bullet holes in the house and a garage across the street. A Second World War veteran, who were dozing in front of the TV, and his wife, who was working on a puzzle, were remarkably not hit.

Soon after, a fire started in the house where the shots came from and it burned to the ground. Police later found a body in the basement they believe was Raddatz. An autopsy will be done to determine a cause of death.

Knecht said police didn't fire any rounds during the shooting.

Investigators believe Raddatz used a large-bore rifle, a powerful gun that carries big bullets and is often used to hunt big game.

Knecht said police didn't expect violence when they showed up, adding that sending eight officers is typical for a criminal call.

The officers had an outstanding arrest warrant for Raddatz for a bylaw offence, and were also going to serve him with documents ordering him to appear in court for criminal harassment dating back to February 2014.

"The online hatred and bullying of an Edmonton family had become extreme and the family members were increasingly worried about their personal safety," he said. No other details were offered about the family.

Knecht added that Raddatz was known to police but did not have an extensive criminal record.

Colton said Raddatz was a terrible neighbour who didn't take care of his house, "but I didn't think he would go this far."

Ollie Noble, the 83-year-old woman in the house hit by gunfire, was also surprised by the violence.

"I mean, what did he accomplish? He killed a young officer with a wife and two little kids."

Court documents show Raddatz was charged last year with seven bylaw offences, including parking an unattached trailer, abandoning vehicles and causing a nuisance on land. He had $550 in outstanding fines.

Records also reveal he and his wife divorced in 2012. They have three sons, 21, 19 and 14.

Raddatz ran a company called North Summit Mechanical out of his house, but neighbours said he had stopped working and drank a lot. A bank had also foreclosed on the home and it was for sale for $400,000.

Sgt. Maurice Brodeur with the Edmonton Police Association said it's impossible to imagine what Raddatz was thinking, but his life appeared to be crumbling around him. Then police showed up at his door.

Just by wearing a uniform, an officer can become the focus of anger, he said.

Knecht said Woodall's children were sleeping when their dad died Monday night and their mother had to break the news to them Tuesday morning.

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