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APD officer describes murder scene in Lymon trial

An Albuquerque police officer stands outside Walgreens, 10300 Central SE, where officer Daniel Webster was shot in October 2015 while conducting a traffic stop. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

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Jurors on Thursday watched the heartbreaking moment when an Albuquerque police officer pulled up to a Walgreens on East Central to find his friend and colleague Daniel Webster bleeding on the pavement.

“Come on, Dan, come on, Dan!” Douglas Moore shouted as fellow Albuquerque police officers cut off Webster’s uniform and set to work applying chest seals to wounds on his torso.

In the background, sirens blared and dispatchers spoke matter-of-factly.

“Stay strong. Stay strong, Dan,” Moore said before asking other officers to find more chest seals.

Webster’s wife, Michelle Carlino-Webster, watched the chaotic lapel camera footage from a courtroom bench, former Chief Gorden Eden’s arm around her and APD detective Katherine Wright’s hand on her shoulder.

Davon Lymon, the man accused of fatally shooting Webster on that night in October 2015, is on trial over the next few weeks on first-degree murder and lesser charges.

Moore’s voice broke as he told jurors he was finishing up at another call when he heard commotion on his radio and panic in Webster’s voice. He said that he knew something was off and headed to the scene, careful not to interrupt radio traffic as he made what he estimated was a 90-second trip to the drugstore parking lot.

Jurors also listened to the radio communications that accompanied the traffic stop, which showed how quickly the events unfolded.

The tape begins with Webster telling dispatchers about the motorcycle he was pulling over, and it ends less than four minutes later when another voice interrupts the silence. “Officer down,” he shouts. “Officer down.”

Testimony in the case before state District Judge Neil Candelaria is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. today.

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