Police: Albuquerque officer shot in traffic stop has died

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Albuquerque Officer Succumbs to Wounds.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A police officer shot during a traffic stop in Albuquerque last week died early Thursday, just more than a week after an ex-convict opened fire on the decorated police veteran outside a pharmacy, police said. “Officer Webster was the very best example of a life committed to public service, through his service to our country and to our community,” Eden said in a message to the police force early Thursday. “He leaves a legacy of excellence and commitment, and we honor his life through our ongoing service to our community.” Webster suffered gunshot wounds to his upper body and jaw on the night of Oct. 21 after Davon Lymon, 34, opened fire outside a pharmacy and fled, police said. 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. Officer Daniel Webster, 47, an 8-year-veteran of the department, was pronounced dead at University of New Mexico Hospital at 2:15 a.m., John Hanafin said. Webster was shot multiple times, including at least once in the face, in the parking lot of Walgreens at Eubank and Central as he tried to handcuff a man who was riding a motorcycle with a stolen license plate, according to police.

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. Police say the shooting occurred Tuesday evening in southeast Albuquerque and that witnesses told responding officers that whoever shot the man was in an SUV that sped away.

Rose Barak, a Veteran’s Affairs nurse who had been shopping at Walgreens, rushed to Webster after the shooting and gave him CPR until paramedics arrived. Federal authorities filed a criminal complaint against him last Thursday, charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the shooting.

Federal Judge Kirtan Khalsa appointed Lymon a public defender on Monday, and on Tuesday, she ruled he must stay behind bars until his trial on the firearms charge.

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