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In 2015, a heartbreaking event happened in Albuquerque.

Police Officer Daniel Scott Webster was shot after stopping a man riding a stolen motorcycle.

Officer Webster had one handcuff on the man when the man reached for a concealed handgun and shot Webster at close range in the face, chest and arm. Webster passed away a week later from his injuries at the age of 47.

Webster, was a former Vinton resident and the father of three Iowa women, Rebecca Ingham of Vinton, Ashleigh Webster and Danielle Modrow, he also left behind a wife.

Police Chief Gorden Eden said of Webster “This is a man who, for 20 years, served our nation in the United States Army as an Army Ranger. He was in Kosovo, Bosnia, South Africa and Iraq. He was part of the group who helped liberate Iraq.”

Following his Army career, he joined the Albuquerque Police Department in 2006 and served until the incident on October 21, 2015.

His life was spent serving and protecting.

His daughter Becca said of the man guilty of shooting her father, "He was found guilty of all 7 charges including 1st degree murder. I'm feeling all emotions. I'm saddened that he's gone forever but I'm relieved justice was served. Watching the trial seeing all the evidence and the videos and the photos and 911 calls and listening to witnesses talk it’s almost like reliving it but in reality, I'm at peace with the outcome and the trial put all the pieces together for me and answered a lot of questions that were rolling through my head over and over for the last 3.5 years. My dad was an awesome man and he did the right thing. No this doesn't bring him back to us but he put another criminal behind bars!"

The man who shot officer Webster, Davon Lymon, a felon with a prior manslaughter conviction was arrested shortly after by other officers who were able to contain him within the area. Lymon was not a stranger to the police. He had been arrested before, but because of laws in New Mexico he was released. New Mexico is the 2nd most dangerous state, following Alaska (Iowa is 35th).

At the time of the shooting in 2015, Lymon was on the U.S. Attorney's "Worst of the Worse" list which targets violent and repeat offender. He was the 31st person added to the list.

In 2016 Lymon was found guilty on a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition charge based on the evidence presented during a two-day bench trial on Oct. 24 and 25, 2016. More specifically, the Chief Judge found Lymon guilty on Count 4 of a four-count indictment, which charged Lymon with unlawfully possessing a firearm and ammunition on Oct. 21, 2015.

In 2017, for his conviction on federal heroin trafficking and firearms charges. Lymon was sentenced to 216 months (18 years) of imprisonment to be followed by three years of supervised release.

The Chief Judge ordered that Lymon serve the 18-year prison sentence consecutive to the 20-year prison sentence previously imposed on April 5, 2017, on Lymon’s conviction on two felony charges for possession of firearms, for a total sentence of 38 years of imprisonment.

This concluded all of the sentencing.

A jury, of 10 women and 2 men sifted through 13 days of testimony and spent less than 2 hours deliberating, convicted Lymon of the first-degree murder of a police officer, which carries a sentence of life without the possibility of parole and 5 other charges.

Lymon was found guilty of 1st Degree Murder. “This is a bittersweet day for the APD family,” Chief Geier said. “We are relieved that justice has been served and Davon Lymon will be held accountable for his actions. But this verdict does not bring back Daniel Webster to his wife, Michelle, or to his brothers and sisters at APD. We can only hope that Michelle finds closure and that she knows she can always count on us, as her extended family, for support. I also want to thank the members of the jury for their service to their community.”

(Memorial in Albuquerque at the corner where Webster lost his life.)

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