WATCH ABOVE: Woodall is being remembered as a dedicated police officer and a hero to his two young boys. Kendra Slugoski reports.
TORONTO — The shooting death of Const. Daniel Woodall in west Edmonton has left “a wife without a husband,” as the city’s police chief said, “and two young children without a father.” The 35-year-old’s wife, Claire Woodall who works for a local radio station, told Edmonton police Tuesday morning that he died doing what he loved.
His life is being mourned not only in Canada, but also in the United Kingdom, where he was from and where his policing career began.
Const. Woodall is believed to have originally lived with his family in the Eccles area of Salford, where he also reportedly went to school.
The Greater Manchester Police say Const. Woodall started his career with the force in August 2002 and left for Canada with his family in December 2006.
“He was a truly ebullient man — always volunteering for new challenges and experiences,” said GMP Det. Insp. Jim Faulkner.
“He was extremely keen to learn and always had a smile on his face! He would do anything for any of his colleagues, every one of whom liked him and were sad when he decided to leave for Canada. This was done purely for the benefit of his young family.
“I can’t really comprehend this has happened and I am in shock. It really is tragic and my heart and thoughts go out to his family and colleagues.”
The grieving mother of two told the Manchester Evening News that her husband being “remembered in the country where he started his career means the world” to her and her two boys, aged six and four.
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Const. Woodall had been with the Edmonton Police Service for eight years. He graduated from the Edmonton Police Service’s recruit training in July, 2007, and was assigned to the hate crimes unit in October 2013.
“His job was to protect all us from harm,” said Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht in a news conference Monday night.
In a news conference Tuesday morning, Knecht added that Const. Woodall died from a “catastrophic wound.” A stalking suspected opened fire on him and 38-year-old Sgt. Jason Harley, who was treated for a gunshot to his lower back and has since been released from hospital.
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The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Monday inside a Callingwood-area home near 186th Street and 62A Avenue, where the officers had come around to make a criminal harassment arrest.
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His wife, aware there was a situation, wrote on Twitter that she hoped her husband wasn’t there.
“She was worried that Dan might be involved. Then she got a knock at the door,” Carol Forshaw, a relative of Const. Woodall told the Manchester Evening News.
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An endless stream of condolences has poured in for the fallen officer.
On his wife’s Facebook page, loved ones have said he was “one of a kind,” and “truly a wonderful man.”
He was taken way too soon, they wrote, and will be missed.
The last EPS officer to be killed on the job was Ezio Faraone. On June 25, 1990, Const. Faraone, who was assigned to a tactical team unit, was shot by a suspect during a robbery investigation.
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