Rep. Lujan Grisham asked, 'Does ATF share information regarding its undercover operations with state and local police departments?'
BY DENNIS DOMRZALSKI AND DAN KLEIN
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants answers from the federal government about why it let a dangerous felon that ATF agents bought guns and drugs from stay on Albuquerque’s streets.
That felon, Davon Lymon, is alleged to have fatally shot Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster last October, about three weeks after he sold the gun to federal agents.
In a March 3 letter to the deputy director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Lujan Grisham asked if the ATF has written guidelines on when to arrest a suspected criminal during undercover operations, and she asked the agency to provide her those documents.
In addition, Lujan Grisham asked ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon two other questions: “Does ATF share information regarding its undercover operations with state and local police departments?” and, “Does ATF consider how potentially dangerous or violent a suspected criminal is when determining when to arrest a suspected criminal during undercover operations?”
Lymon allegedly shot Webster during a traffic stop on Oct 21, 2015. Previously, Lymon had served a 10-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter. He was released from prison in 2011. “Since his 2011 release, Lymon has been accused of several violent and illegal activities involving drugs, firearms and fleeing law enforcement,” Lujan Grisham wrote. “Davon Lymon allegedly sold heroin to an undercover ATF agent on September 11, 2015 and allegedly sold additional heroin and a firearm to an undercover ATF agent on October 2, 2015.
“It appears that ATF agents did not arrest Lymon after his alleged narcotics and firearm sales. I understand that it takes time to build a case on suspected criminals, however I am sure that you can understand the community’s concern that Lymon was not arrested sooner, especially considering his violent history and the threat he posed to the public.”
Lymon was arrested shortly after the shooting and is in custody on federal narcotics and firearm charges. He has yet to be charged with Webster’s murder.