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Edmonton police were investigating suspected cop killer for anti-Semitic bullying

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Published on June 12, 2015 with No Comments

Edmonton police say a man suspected in the shooting death of one of their officers was being investigated for a hate crime that was anti-Semitic in nature.
Norman Raddatz, 42, allegedly mounted an online campaign of “extreme” bullying against another man in the city last year.
The harassment was specifically anti-Semitic, police spokesman Scott Pattison said and the target and his family became so concerned for their safety that they filed a complaint a few months ago.
Eight officers went to Raddatz’s home Monday night to serve him with documents ordering him to appear in court on a charge of criminal harassment. They also had an arrest warrant stemming from a bylaw offence.
After the officers knocked, they got a battering ram to break in. That’s when bullets started flying through the front door.
Const. Daniel Woodall, a 35-year-old officer in the hate-crimes unit, was killed at the scene. A second officer, Sgt. Jason Harley, 38, was shot in the back but was saved by his bullet-proof vest.
The other officers were pinned down by a barrage of bullets over the next 10 minutes, Chief Rod Knecht told reporters earlier this week.
More than 50 bullet holes were found in the house and garage across the street.
Moments after the shooting stopped, the house started on fire. Police later found a body in the basement of the burned-out home and believe it is Raddatz, although an autopsy is needed to identify the remains and the cause of death.
Neighbours have described the “refrigerator repairman as an unfriendly, divorced father who didn’t mow his lawn or shovel the snow in front of his bungalow.”


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