New Mexico police officer dies from injuries in traffic stop shooting

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Albuquerque Leaders Struggle With Recent Killings.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The latest developments in the death of Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster, who was shot during an Oct. 21 traffic stop (all times local): Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Chief Gorden Eden says the death of Officer Daniel Webster serves as a reminder of how dangerous law enforcement has become. On Oct. 20, a 4-year-old girl traveling with her father in a pickup truck was shot and killed by an angry driver in a road rage incident near downtown.

A day later, a police officer was shot multiple times during a traffic stop—the third officer shot this year in this city of 550,000, which sprawls out into the New Mexico desert. Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said Thursday that charges are expected soon against Davon Lymon, but the timing depends on the outcome of the ongoing investigation. Thursday following an emotional week in which local eateries launched fundraisers to support the wounded officer’s family and hotels donated lodging for relatives. The eight-year veteran of the force underwent multiple surgeries. “Officer Webster fought valiantly for his life, however, his injuries were too severe,” Thursday. “Though our own hearts are heavy, please continue to pray for his wife and their family as they endure this unimaginable loss.” Davon Lymon, 34, was arrested and charged last week with violating federal firearms laws in connection with the shooting; he hasn’t been charged for shooting Webster. Lymon’s lengthy criminal history and those of men charged in other recent high-profile cases in New Mexico have led to widespread criticism from law enforcement officials.

Police say Lymon fired six rounds and fled into a nearby neighborhood before a canine unit found him with a handcuff hanging from his left wrist, the Albuquerque Journal reported. But the past several days of mayhem have spurred a new outcry among city leaders and citizens, with politicians, prosecutors and police pointing fingers over who is responsible. “It has been a difficult week in Albuquerque,” Mayor Richard Berry said at a news conference Friday, following the two shootings. “I’ve seen one too many officers wheeled down the hallway on a bloody gurney. On Tuesday, a federal judge ordered Lymon to remain in jail pending the trial, denying a request from his public defender Marc Robert to hold him in a half-way house, the Journal reported.

I’m tired of it.” Leaders of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association, which represents the majority of the police force, say the department—which is operating under a U.S. In the days following the shooting, Eden described Webster as a high-performing, highly decorated officer who had recently left a detective post to patrol the streets as the force faced an officer shortage. Justice Department reform agreement after officers were involved in 20 fatal shootings between 2009 and 2012, a rate comparable to much larger cities—desperately needs more officers to keep both citizens and police safe. According to police, 34-year-old Davon Lymon shot at Webster multiple times after being pulled over for riding a motorcycle with a stolen license plate. Prosecutors said Lymon illegally possessed a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol, as he was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery charges in 2001.

Webster, who died very early Thursday morning, is the 32nd officer to be fatally shot in the line of duty this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. Some of the more senseless incidents, like the random slaying of a man in his driveway in July, for which six teenagers have been charged, and the drive-by shooting death of a high-school student in August, have shocked many in the city.

Prosecutors were forced to drop an aggravated-battery charge against him earlier this year because they were unable to meet the new time constraints, Ms. Stephanie Lopez, the president of the local police union, told The Associated Press that Webster, who served as a representative on the union’s board of directors, was well-liked by his colleagues and had a great sense of humor. “It was impossible to know him and not love him,” she said through tears. “Dan was the type of person that would go above and beyond his call of duty. Dan Klein, a former, veteran Albuquerque police sergeant, said the mayor’s administration had dragged its feet in addressing long-standing police concerns about low pay and understaffing. Berry said state lawmakers who had failed to pass tough-on-crime laws were at fault, and vowed to put renewed pressure on legislators who opposed them. The police union noted the department’s 850 officers were well short of the 1,000 it was budgeted for, and said low salaries and bad morale had made recruitment difficult.

On Tuesday, mourners gathered here for the funeral of the slain 4-year-old girl, Iliana “Lilly” Garcia, who had finished her second day of preschool the day she was killed.

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