Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Because Your Dad Was Special:' Regimental Funeral to Be Held for Edmonton Officer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

'Because Your Dad Was Special:' Regimental Funeral to Be Held for Edmonton Officer

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Regimental funeral next week for Edmonton officer

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EDMONTON - When the oldest son of slain Const. Daniel Woodall looked out the car window during a drive this week through Edmonton, his mother pointed out blue ribbons tied to trees and posts.

"That's because your dad was special," she told him.

Police spokesman Sgt. Steve Sharpe shared the moment with reporters Friday, while announcing that a regimental funeral is to be held next Wednesday for Woodall.

The 35-year-old officer, recruited to Edmonton nine years ago from England, was killed on Monday while he was trying to serve an arrest warrant.

Police had been investigating Norman Raddatz, a 42-year-old refrigerator repairman, for anti-Semitic bullying of an Edmonton man and his family. When Woodall and other officers showed up at Raddatz's home, bullets started flying through the front door.

A second officer was shot in the back but survived because of his bullet-proof vest.

Shortly after the shooting, Raddatz's home started on fire. His burned body was eventually found in the basement. An autopsy determined that he had shot himself.

A Facebook page linked to Raddatz has revealed his extremist views. …

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