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Wounded APD Officer Dies

Wounded APD Officer Dies

'Officer Webster was the very best example of a life committed to public service, through his service to our country and to our community' -- Chief Gorden Eden

Albuquerque police officer Daniel Webster has died from injuries he suffered when shot six times during a traffic stop, APD confirmed today.

Webster was with APD for nine years and was APD’s Uniformed Officer of the Year in 2013. He was also a veteran who served in the U.S.Army as a paratrooper. He was 47 years old and is survived by his wife and parents, Gayle and John Hanafin.

APD Chief Gorden Eden released this statement this morning:

“It is with deep sorrow that I inform you our colleague and brother, Officer Dan Webster, has succumbed to the injuries that he sustained during a traffic stop on October 21, 2015. Officer Webster fought valiantly for his life, however, his injuries were too severe.

“Officer Webster was the very best example of a life committed to public service, through his service to our country and to our community. He leaves a legacy of excellence and commitment, and we honor his life through our ongoing service to our community. Though our own hearts are heavy, please continue to pray for his wife and their family as they endure this unimaginable loss.”

Webster’s widow is Michelle Carlino-Webster, a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s deputy.

Since Webster was shot on Oct. 21, City residents have turned out to show their support for Webster and his family. Besides the $6,000 raised by people buying Papa John’s Pizza on Monday, $14,470 has also been raised on a go fund me page at GoFundMe, and a Wells Fargo account to make donations has been opened for his family.

Webster was shot while attempting to handcuff a suspect he had stopped while riding a motorcycle with a stolen license plate. His alleged assailant, Davon Lymon, 34, is in federal custody. He was recently released from prison after serving an 11-year sentence for killing a man.

–Dennis Domrzalski

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.

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