New Mexico Police Officer ‘Fighting for His Life’ After Being Shot by Career Criminal During Traffic Stop (Updated)
Albuquerque police officer Daniel Webster is ‘fighting for his life’ after being shot by a convicted killer during a traffic stop Wednesday night. Officer Webster is an eight-year veteran of the force and reportedly a Special Forces military veteran.
Officer Daniel Webster, image via Vinton Today.
The alleged shooter, Davon Lymon, was caught early Thursday morning by police.
According to reports Officer Webster pulled over Lymon, who was driving a motorcycle with an unknown female passenger. Evidence points to Officer Webster using a Taser on Lymon and that he was able to get one handcuff on Lymon before being shot.
Officer Webster reportedly sustained several gunshot wounds to his head and neck.
KOB-TV reported on the shooting:
“Albuquerque police say the officer who was shot near a Walgreens store in the southeast side of the city Wednesday night is in critical, but stable, condition Thursday morning.
…”(Police Chief Gorden Eden) said Lymon had a single handcuff on him when he was finally arrested, which led police to believe the officer was in the process of arresting Lymon when he was shot.
“Eden said there was evidence the officer had attempted to use his Taser on Lymon as well.
“Eden added that officers had another man in custody – though he did not elaborate on him – and said officers were still looking for a woman who was on a motorcycle with Lymon when they were pulled over.
Sources tell KOB the officer was shot in the head and neck during a traffic stop.”
“An Albuquerque police officer is fighting for his life after he was shot Wednesday night.
“An eight-year Albuquerque Police Department veteran was critically injured when a traffic stop that led to an altercation left him with multiple gunshot wounds, officials say.”
…”The injured officer was rushed to University of New Mexico Hospital and underwent at least two surgeries, police said.
““They are working diligently to save this officer’s life,” Police Chief Gorden Eden said. “This is, for me, a terrible day … I would ask that the city please pray for this officer, pray for his family.”
“Sources said the officer is part of the Southeast Impact Team and is a Special Forces military veteran.”
KOB reported on Lymon’s criminal history.
“Court records show Lymon has faced four court cases in 2015 alone before Wednesday’s shooting, though many related to the same crime from 2014. In that case, Lymon was indicted by a grand jury and faced felony aggravated battery and kidnapping charges from a December 2014 incident that was nolle prosequied in March.
“The case appears to have been refiled in late September with other charges, according to court records, but the charges had been changed to two misdemeanor counts of aggravated battery without great bodily harm.
“He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, aggravated battery and conspiracy charges in 2002 after he was accused in the 2001 murder of 20-year-old Ronald Chanslor Jr. – the grandson of the founder of Blake’s Lotaburger.
He was sentenced to 11.5 years with 390 days time served, giving him a little less than 10.5 years in prison.
“He pleaded guilty to fraud and forgery the year before in a Tierra Amarilla court.
“In 2012, another case for robbery and conspiracy was dismissed without prejudice in Espanola court, but was never refiled.”
The Albuquerque Police Department posted an update to Twitter on Officer Webster’s condition.
@wvmoonangel no still same as last night. Not out of the woods & needs lots of prayers. We hope to have further updates soon.
— Albuquerque Police (@ABQPOLICE) October 22, 2015
“no still same as last night. Not out of the woods & needs lots of prayers. We hope to have further updates soon.”
UPDATES: Dayvon Lymon is facing federal gun charges, Reuters reports:
“A suspect arrested after an Albuquerque police officer was shot several times during a traffic stop and left fighting for his life was charged on Thursday with violating federal firearms laws.
…”The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed a criminal complaint on Thursday under a “worst of the worst” initiative that charges him with violating federal firearms laws.
…”In a statement, federal officials said Lymon had been prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he had felony convictions in two state court cases.
“The statement said he had previously been found guilty of crimes including voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily harm.”
The Albuquerque Police Department released a statement Thursday afternoon on Officer Webster:
With the family’s blessing and very heavy hearts we regret to inform you, Officer Daniel Webster, a nearly nine year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department, is the officer who was senselessly shot in the line of duty last night (October 21, 2015).
“Officer Webster is a highly decorated officer. He was named the Department’s Uniformed Officer of the year in 2013.
“He is a retired veteran from the U.S. Army where he served as a paratrooper.
“Officer Webster has served in many capacities within the department, including Impact Detective, and is currently a patrol officer stationed in the Southeast Area Command.
“Family and friends are by his side as he has undergone two crucial surgeries and faces many more. He is currently in critical but stable condition. His family is overwhelmed by the community’s thoughts, prayers and generosity.
“Many businesses have donated food, lodging and other resources so family members can concentrate on Officer Webster’s recovery.
“Gift card donations for the family or well wishes can be dropped off at any substation or mailed to the Main Police Station – 400 Roma NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102 – Attention: Chief’s Office, Officer Webster.
“As news of this irrational shooting spread, a mother who knows all too well what Officer Webster’s family is going through, reached out to the department. The suspect who shot Officer Webster, Davon Lymon, 34, also murdered her son, Ronald Blake Chanslor in 2001.
““After sentencing in 2001, I had a heartsick feeling with the way our justice system is set up, that another family would have to go through this type of senseless tragedy. My heart is breaking for the officer’s family. Our justice system is so broken and unless we all step up and do something, we will continue to see these tragic acts of violence,” Dawn Parsons, Mother of Ronald Blake Chanslor said. “As a community we must all play a role and take the necessary actions to effect meaningful change. It can’t be the responsibility of a handful of people in our government or our police department. This is a concern that impacts us all. I pledge to pray for this family and our leaders and be available to help solve this problem.”
“There is also a blood drive being held in honor of Officer Webster tomorrow at UNM Hospital in the Bill Richardson Pavilion Lobby from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Donors can call (505) 246-1457 to schedule an appointment or to schedule an appointment to donate at a more convenient time a United Blood Services locations in Albuquerque or Rio Rancho.
“We thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers.”