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One police officer was shot dead and another wounded while executing an arrest warrant in the Canadian city of Edmonton, officials said early Tuesday.
Constable Daniel Woodall, a 35-year-old father of two, was shot multiple times as officers responded to reports of a hate crime in the Alberta capital at about 8 p.m. local time (10 p.m. ET) Monday, Edmonton Police Service Chief Rod Knecht told a news conference.
“He gave his life in the service of this city and this country,” Knecht said. “His job was to protect us all from harm. We will forever be in debt. This is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions."
Woodall served on the force's hate-crimes unit. The officers were attempting to arrest the suspect for criminal harassment, CBC reported.
Sgt. Jason Harley, 38, was also shot in the lower back but is expected to make a full recovery.
The shots were fired from a house as officers attempted to get inside, Knecht said. The house later burned to the ground.
The body of the suspect, who was later identified by police as Norman Raddatz, was found in the basement of a burned-out home.
Woodall joined the police service after migrating from Great Britain, Knecht said.
“It is a manager, a police chief, a police officer’s worst nightmare. [There’s] nothing worse," he added. “This is something most police officers reflect upon when they join the service and throughout their careers. This strikes at the heart of every police officer and their families and loved ones. They would say ‘only for the grace of God go I’. That’s certainly the case this evening.”
Woodall's wife later expressed thanks on Twitter, saying: "Your generous outpouring of love for myself and my boys fills my heart.. He is my hero,our boys' and Edmonton's newest hero."
Edmonton's tearful mayor, Don Iveson, told reporters: "Last night we saw the very best in our police service and the city’s other first responders."