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Canada police officer shot dead; suspect in hate crime probe

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The suspect in a shooting that killed an Edmonton police officer and wounded another had been the focus of a lengthy hate crimes investigation, the city’s police chief said Tuesday.

Police contain the scene of the shooting death of an officer in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Police Chief Rod Knecht confirmed at a late-night news conference that Const. Daniel Woodall was killed Monday evening and officer Sgt. Jason Harley, was wounded while delivering an arrest warrant. A fire erupted at the home soon after shots were fired, and police in a message posted overnight on Twitter said they were no longer looking for a suspect.  (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Police contain the scene of the shooting death of an officer in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Police Chief Rod Knecht confirmed at a late-night news conference that Const. Daniel Woodall was killed Monday evening and officer Sgt. Jason Harley, was wounded while delivering an arrest warrant. A fire erupted at the home soon after shots were fired, and police in a message posted overnight on Twitter said they were no longer looking for a suspect. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Rod Knecht confirmed the death of 35-year-old Const. Daniel Woodall, an eight-year veteran of the force who worked for the hate crimes unit. He had been recruited from Great Britain and used to serve with the Greater Manchester Police.

Edmonton police officer Daniel Woodall. Image Source: Facebook
Edmonton police officer Daniel Woodall. Image Source: Facebook

Knecht called Monday’s shooting “a tragedy of unspeakable proportions,” saying Woodall leaves behind a wife and two young children. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent condolences.

A 38-year-old officer was also shot in the lower back but was saved by his bulletproof vest, Knecht said. He’s been released from hospital.

A fire erupted at the home soon after the shooting.

Police and utilities providers walk around the scene of a shooting where Cst. Dan Woodall was shot and killed overnight in Edmonton, Canada. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht  confirmed that  Woodall was killed Monday evening and officer Sgt. Jason Harley, was wounded while delivering an arrest warrant. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Police and utilities providers walk around the scene of a shooting where Cst. Dan Woodall was shot and killed overnight in Edmonton, Canada. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht confirmed that Woodall was killed Monday evening and officer Sgt. Jason Harley, was wounded while delivering an arrest warrant. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Norman Raddatz and said he was known to police but didn’t have an extensive criminal history. It is believed he died in the house as it burned. An autopsy is scheduled.

Knecht said police had evidence going back to February of last year.

“The online hatred and bullying of an Edmonton family had become extreme, and the family members were increasingly worried about their personal safety, at which time the Edmonton Police Service became involved,” Knecht said.

Police didn’t comment on the religion or ethnicity of the family.

Knecht said the two officers had been delivering an arrest warrant for criminal harassment at the suspect’s home when they came under gunfire. He said they were pinned down by fire for at least 10 minutes.

Erica Hodgson cries while speaking to the media on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the scene where Const. Dan Woodall was shot and killed overnight in Edmonton, Canada. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht  confirmed that  Woodall was killed Monday evening and officer Sgt. Jason Harley, was wounded while delivering an arrest warrant. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
Erica Hodgson cries while speaking to the media on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the scene where Const. Dan Woodall was shot and killed overnight in Edmonton, Canada. Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht confirmed that Woodall was killed Monday evening and officer Sgt. Jason Harley, was wounded while delivering an arrest warrant. (Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

“They were breaching the front door and shots commenced,” Knecht said.

He said a high-powered rifle was used by the suspect, and over 50 bullet holes were found in a home across the street.

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