ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal prosecutors played a minute-long video in court Monday from the lapel camera of a slain officer showing a struggle and shooting that followed his attempt to arrest a man during a nighttime traffic stop along Historic Route 66.
Albuquerque police officer Daniel Webster was killed on Oct. 21, 2015, after approaching a man driving a motorcycle with a stolen license plate.
The video shows the gunman refusing to comply with Webster's commands then firing six shots and fleeing on foot.
Authorities said the suspect in the video is Davon Lymon, 35, who is standing trial on federal charges of being a felon in possession of the firearm used to kill Webster. State charges have not yet been filed in the case.
In the video, a man wearing a helmet is heard shouting and indicating that he is in pain. Webster is yelling for the man to give him his right hand so he can finish handcuffing him.
"Get your hands on your head," Webster yells in the video. "Give me your other hand."
At one point during the scuffle, the man said his right shoulder was injured and Webster tries to handcuff him to the handlebar of the motorcycle. The man drew his weapon and opened fire a second later, authorities said.
Investigators say Webster was struck multiple times, with one bullet hitting him in the face near his chin. He died the following week.
Two witnesses testified Monday that they saw the gunman flee toward a neighborhood and throw his motorcycle helmet to the ground.
"I glanced to the right and he was passing the back of my truck," said Gregory Ross, who was sitting in his vehicle outside a pharmacy waiting for his girlfriend who was buying dog food. "He was running fast; he was very tall. That's all I noticed."
Hours later, an air unit spotted Lymon trekking across backyards and jumping fences before disappearing inside a shed.
The sighting prompted John Skinner, a tactical flight officer who was inside the helicopter that night and later retired, to call on the SWAT unit to surround the home where Lymon had last been spotted.
Police said the suspect, who was hiding in a shed, was found with Webster's handcuff on his left wrist. Lymon has remained in custody on federal charges since the shooting.
He pleaded guilty in May in a separate federal case to two counts of drug trafficking and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
His prior felonies include voluntary manslaughter, fraud and forgery. State Attorney General Hector Balderas said his office is preparing to file charges against Lymon but did not give a timeline of when that would happen.