Accused cop killer gets 38 years for drug, gun charges

Davon Lymon

Davon Lymon suffered minor injuries as he was apprehended with the help of a K-9 unit. (Photo: Albuquerque Journal)

A 38-year-old man who is currently facing charges for the 2105 shooting death of an Albuquerque police officer will spend nearly four decades in prison following the conviction of federal gun and drug charges.

Davon Lymon was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for heroin trafficking and firearms charges, the Justice Department announced.

However, that sentence will be served consecutively with a 20-year sentence Lymon was given earlier this month for two convictions of being a felon in possession of a firearm, resulting in a total sentence of 38 years.

Lymon’s arrest and subsequent conviction came as a result of a federal anti-violence initiative that targets offenders known as “the worst of the worst.”

According to a criminal complaint, on Oct. 21, 2015, Albuquerque Police Officer Daniel Webster initiated a traffic stop when he observed a motorcycle with a stolen license plate number. Webster said the driver, who was later identified as Lymon, was not compliant during the stop.

As Webster attempted to place Lymon in handcuffs, Lymon remained uncooperative and claimed he could not be restrained due to a shoulder injury. Webster already had his handcuffs around one of Lymon’s wrists, but at he reached across the motorcycle to grab Lymon’s other hand, Lymon pulled out a .40-caliber handgun and fired six rounds, striking Webster multiple times, including once in the face.

Webster radioed that shots were fired as Lymon fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood.

The Albuquerque Police Department SWAT, the Bernallilo County Sheriff’s SWAT, and the New Mexico State Police SWAT all responded to the call and worked together with K-9 units to apprehend Lymon, who still had the handcuffs on one wrist when he was found.

Responding officers provided immediate aid to Webster before he was rushed to the hospital, where he was successfully revived. However, Webster eventually succumbed to his injuries and died about a week later.

During the immediate investigation, police recovered a Taurus Millennium G2 PT-40 and ammo thought to be carried by Lymon. According to court documents, Lymon was a two-time felon, previously convicted of voluntary manslaughter, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon resulting in great bodily harm, fraud, and forgery. These convictions prohibited him from possessing either a firearm or ammunition.

Lymon was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, then about two months later, he was slapped with distribution of heroin and another felon in possession of a firearm in an unrelated case, for which he was convicted earlier this month. In addition to the gun and drug charges, Lymon is currently charged with murder for the shooting that claimed Webster’s life, for which he previously pleaded not guilty.

“As a community, we cannot and will not tolerate violence against law enforcement officers,” said Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney while announcing Lymon’s sentence. “The entire law enforcement community – federal, state, county, local and tribal – is committed to working collaboratively to thoroughly and completely investigate and prosecute those who seek to harm the courageous officers who put their lives on the line to protect us and safeguard our communities.”

Likewise, DEA Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy of the El Paso Division said, “DEA and its law enforcement partners are committed to working together to ensure that drug traffickers who use firearms to facilitate their drug trafficking activities and to commit other crimes face the consequences of their criminal activities.”