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Norman Raddatz was to be arrested for anti-Semitic harassment

06/10/2015 05:54 EDT | Updated 06/10/2016 05:59 EDT
Norman Raddatz was about to be arrested for anti-Semitic harassment when he shot and killed Edmonton Const. Daniel Woodall.

Woodall, 35, a member of the hate crime unit, was among a group of officers who went to Raddatz's home in west Edmonton Monday night to serve him with an arrest warrant for criminal harassment.

Raddatz was accused of online harassment of an Edmonton family. Police launched an investigation after receiving a complaint several months ago. 

"The suspect was involved in a lengthy campaign of anti-Semitic hatred and violence that constituted a hate crime as determined by the primary investigator, Const. Woodall," Edmonton police spokesman Scott Pattison said Wednesday.

Raddatz opened fire on the officers when they tried to enter his residence. Woodall died at the scene. Sgt. Jason Harley was shot in the back but was treated and released from hospital.

After the shooting, the house was set on fire and burned to the ground. Raddatz's body is believed to have been found in the basement of the home.

Raddatz was described by neighbours as reclusive and hard to get along with. He fell into financial difficulties after his wife left him in 2009.

In a statement issued to the CBC, Raddatz's ex-wife Leanne said she hadn't spoken to him in years.

"By the time I left him six years ago, he was barely the man I married," she wrote.

"I am absolutely sick that his decisions have affected so many people, his neighbours, his family, officer Woodall and his family and friends."

The autopsy performed on Woodall confirmed that he died of multiple gunshot wounds. Police said his death is Edmonton's 10th homicide of 2015. Autopsy results for Raddatz are expected to be released Thursday.

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