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EDMONTON A west Edmonton neighbourhood erupted in chaos Monday night as one police officer was killed and another injured in a shooting that one witness said started out as a routine arrest.

Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht held a news conference at midnight to confirm the death of Const. Daniel Woodall, a 35-year-old, eight-year veteran of the force who was recruited from Great Britain and used to serve with the Greater Manchester Police.

A 38-year-old officer, Sgt. Jason Harley, was shot in the lower back but was protected by his bullet-proof vest. Early Tuesday, Edmonton police said he had been released from hospital.

Woodall worked for the hate crimes unit.

We will forever be in his debt for his actions this evening, a sombre Knecht told reporters, calling it a tragedy of unspeakable proportions and saying Woodall leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Knecht would not comment on the shooter. Edmonton police tweeted early Tuesday that they were no longer looking for a suspect but did not elaborate.

A man named Ryan told radio station CHED he is the neighbour of the shooter and was there when everything happened.

I was on my back deck, saw what I thought was a routine arrest, he said. They had six officers come over they didnt know if he had any weapons in the house, and when they went to breach the door thats when the fire started.

(The shooter) did fire on two officers, hit one in the back. I helped the one officer, got him out to the side, got him into the car. The bullet was stopped by his vest, but it did pierce through his skin.

Ryan said the shooter was using a high-powered rifle and set his house on fire while he was still inside.

Hes a single guy, two kids, wife left him along time ago, Ryan told CHED. Sits at home every day, hes an alcoholic, just snapped. I dont know what they were arresting him for, but they had a file for him.

Knecht said the officers had been delivering an arrest warrant for criminal harassment when they came under gunfire.

Sergei Maskaliou said a friend of his lived next door to the shooter and was home watching television when he heard shots.

My friend and his family, they suspected there was something going on with his neighbour, he said. His behaviour was really weird.

Maskaliou said his friend had told him the man wasnt working and hadnt been paying his mortgage.

My friend said this guy was really broken that he divorced and was living alone.

A massive police presence quickly gathered after the shooting, with dozens of police cars, a police helicopter and three ambulances on scene.

Smoke also started billowing from a house in the neighbourhood and police evacuated several homes.

Fire trucks stood at the ready to move in once the scene was contained and safe enough for them to move in. However, the smell of black smoke hung in the air for hours.

At one point, two ambulances left the scene with a police escort.

Neighbourhood resident Josette Lavigne said her family had been in their backyard when they heard the cacophony or sirens and decided to get out of the area.

Hours later, she was still waiting to be allowed back into her home: It sure gives you a different perspective on your neighbourhood.

Throughout the turmoil, police continually urged onlookers to move to a safer area or stay in their homes.

Const. Brendan Power sent out a Tweet pleading with residents in the area of 184 St. and 64 Ave. to move back, telling them they were not safe to be observing anywhere near there.

He also caution media and onlookers: Please dont post pictures of our officers, other emergency crews or their locations. Youre putting them at risk.

This is the second police officer to be shot and killed in the Edmonton area this year.

RCMP Const. David Wynn, 42, died in January at a casino in St. Albert, north of Edmonton, while trying to track down the driver of a stolen truck. Auxiliary Constable Derek Bond was seriously injured but survived.

The shooter, Shawn Maxwell Rehn, was out on bail facing 15 charges, including escaping lawful custody, possession of a prohibited firearm and failure to show up to a previous bail hearing on the charges.

On Monday, an Alberta MP introduced a private members bill named after Wynn to ensure bail hearings have an accuseds criminal history.

Last month an Edmonton police officer was shot and wounded during an impaired driving stop. The suspect in that shooting was killed.

The last officer to be killed on the job within the city limits was Const. Ezio Faraone, a 33-year-old officer who was gunned down on June 25, 1990, while trying to arrest a suspect who was fleeing from an armed robbery.

Its unfortunate and sad, said Shane Howard, one of those who gathered on a sidewalk in the west Edmonton neighbourhood to watch events unfold.

You feel bad for the police officers friends and family and colleagues. Nobody likes to see a police officer get shot when hes trying to do good for society.

http://www.news1130.com/2015/06/08/police-officer-reportedly-shot-in-edmonton-one-home-in-area-on-fire/

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You feel bad for the police officers friends and family and colleagues. Nobody likes to see a police officer get shot when hes trying to do good for society.

This. I feel bad for the officers, and hope that their families will be comforted.

I hope the shooter is doing okay as well. He must have been going through some rough stuff to pull a rifle out and shoot a couple innocent officers.

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The loss of a Brother is always tough. Constable Daniel Woodall, 35, was shot and killed while executing an arrest warrant for criminal harassment. The gunman also shot another EPS Sergeant who has been hospitalized.

Constable Woodall has served the Edmonton Police Service for the past 8 years. He previously served for the Greater Manchester Police in the England. He is survived by his wife and 2 young children.

All of us in Alberta Corrections are greiving with the EPS.

I'm glad the POS died in the fire, one less 'freeman' to worry about.

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I'm glad the POS died in the fire, one less 'freeman' to worry about.

I'm not... the guy could have gotten help and he blew it. Just imagine what his kids think of him now. It's a terrible situation for all involved, not just the cops.

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I'm not... the guy could have gotten help and he blew it. Just imagine what his kids think of him now. It's a terrible situation for all involved, not just the cops.

His wife and kids left him a long time ago from what I have read. He was also a racist accused of bullying.

"Colton, who lived beside Raddatz, said he was a “deadbeat” who spread dog excrement on his fence to provoke his neighbours.

“He was a piece of work,” Colton said. “He didn’t care about his property or his yard. He never cut his grass. He just didn’t care about the laws or bylaws. He did what he wanted.”

About the officer shot down in cold blood

"Woodall’s widow posted on Twitter Tuesday morning: “Your generous outpouring of love for myself and my boys fills my heart. He is my hero, our boys’ hero & Edmonton’s newest hero"

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