Monday, June 8th the Edmonton Police Service experienced a great loss.
Yesterday evening, at about 8pm, several officers were executing a warrant. The warrant was for criminal harassment and was being executed at a home in the Ormsby neighbourhood – near 182nd Street and 62A Avenue. When the officers attempted to enter the home, they came under fire. The suspect was shooting through the door at the officers and once the shooting was done, the home caught fire and eventually burned to the ground.
Sgt. Jason Harley, a thirty eight year old officer was shot. Harley has worked with the EPS for fifteen years and was lucky enough that his vest saved him from the bullet. Unfortunately, Const. Daniel Woodall was not so lucky. Woodall was a thirty-five year old originating from Great Britain. He immigrated to Canada and became an officer. Woodall started out in patrol before working in the hate crimes unit for eight years. Unfortunately, his life was cut tragically short last night. He was shot several times and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police Chief Rod Knecht reflects on the events:
“His job was to protect all of us from harm, victimization, and criminal activity. We will forever be in his debt for his actions this evening. But, of far greater importance, a wife is without a husband tonight and two young children are without a loving father. This is a tragedy of unspeakable proportions for the EPS, for the broader policing community and for all Canadians.”
Woodall’s wife tweeted this 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. #EPSstrong”
Knecht says that there is not any further risk to the public. There was only one suspect and they were last seen inside the home before it burned to the ground. There are no suspects in custody but the investigation is ongoing.
It’s times like these that we should all take a moment and be grateful – not only to those who protect and serve but also to their families. RIP Woodall and may your family find peace in knowing you died a hero.