June 9, 2015

Daniel Woodall - Law Enforcement Fatality in Edmonton, Alberta

Daniel Woodall
Constable Daniel Woodall, age 35, died in the line of duty on June 8, 2015, at a house in Edmonton, Alberta.

Constable Woodall was a member of the Edmonton Police Force. He had 8 years of service. He served in the Hate Crimes Unit.

At about 8:00 p.m., Daniel and other officers were attempting to serve an arrest warrant at a home in the west end of Edmonton. The subject named on the warrant was Norman Raddatz, age 42, who was wanted for criminal harassment and who was under investigation for hate crimes.

Raddatz is believed to be a member of a group called Freemen of the Land who claim that all statute law is contractual, and that such law is applicable only if an individual consents to be governed by it. In other words, they don't like government laws.

As the officers attempted to enter the home the man opened fire from inside the house. Daniel was struck several times. A second officer was shot in the back but the round was stopped by his protective vest.

The house caught on fire during the exchange of gunfire and burned to the ground. A body was found in the basement of the house. It has been confirmed to be the body of Norman Raddatz.

Daniel was recruited from Greater Manchester Police Force in England where he had
Michael, Archangel, Patron
Saint of the Police, pray for
Daniel and for those who
have lost him.
served for four years. His comrades there remember him as keen to learn. He always had a smile on his face. He was well respected by his peers.

The Edmonton Police Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother. He was a keen investigator and a dedicated father and husband. He had a sense of humor and loved soccer. He had a future with the department. Daniel will be forever remembered.

Daniel's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He died doing what he loved. He did his best. He is his family's hero and Edmonton's hero. He will be forever mourned.

Daniel is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his wife, Claire, and two young children.

Thank you for your service to the community, Daniel.

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

God save us from the Lost Ones who bring death to strangers. Amen.

Pray that Daniel is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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