Abbotsford -NOVEMBER 8 – Crown has now laid charges in the murder of APD Officer Const. John Davidson.
65 year old Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann from Alberta has been charged with one count of first degree murder. Under the Criminal Code, any killing of a Police Officer will result in the charge of First Degree Murder. He does not have a criminal record nor does he have a valid firearms licence and does not have a valid driver’s licence. Arefmann is expected to be in court November 28.
Global reports that he has had family issues. His sister in law said he had mental health issues since the death of his wife three years ago. Arfmann is a retired trucker who recently moved to BC.
IHIT is seeking public assistance in locating any video and/or photographs taken during yesterday’s incident. We are also requesting that any witnesses to the events that have not yet spoken to police, please contact IHIT investigators.
In order to further IHIT’s investigation, a photo of Mr. Arfmann is being issued publicly to assist us in retracing his movements in the days leading up to the events. Anyone with information is asked to call the IHIT information line at 1-877-551- IHIT (4448), or by email at email@example.com. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
3PM NOVEMBER 7 UPDATE – At a media briefing on Monday afternoon – Abbotsford Police Chief Constable Bob Rich confirmed that an officer has died after being shot near Mt Lehman Road. Another officer was shot and is in hospital.
Video courtesy KAM Productions/Kevin MacDonald
Global reports that this (ironically) started on Saturday with the theft of a Ford Mustang from the Abbotsford Automall. Automall employees spotted the stolen car on Monday morning at a near by strip mall and circled the vehicle. The gun man showed up with a long gun and the first shots were fired. The suspect drove off with police in pursuit which ended in a flurry of exchanged gunfire.
An Alberta man in his 60s has been arrested.
This is the official statement from Premier John Horgan on the death of the Abbotsford Police Department officer:
“On behalf of the Province of B.C., I want to say that we are deeply saddened to hear of the death of an Abbotsford Police Department officer this afternoon while answering a 911 call. My heartfelt condolences go to the family, friends and colleagues of this officer at this very difficult time. As British Columbians, we are filled with grief at this tragic loss and give gratitude to all those who put their lives on the line for us every day. I understand that the Independent Investigations Office, Integrated Homicide Investigation Team, and others are involved in investigating this tragedy and we will let them do their work.”
Abbotsford MP Ed Fast posted on Facebook : Today a member of the Abbotsford Police Department was killed in the line of duty protecting our community. Our hearts are filled with sadness at the loss of this life, and our prayers are with the officer’s family as they grieve. Our thoughts are also with the other injured officer and with Chief Bob Rich and all members of the Abbotsford Police Department during this very difficult time.
From Jody Haaf Garneau of the Abbotsford Discussion group: A police officer passed away today while protecting us, the public. Myself and a few others will be bringing flowers and candles to the front of the Abbotsford Police Department tonight at 7pm to show our respect for the fallen officer and to stand together as a community. If you have the time please join us. May he rest in peace.
The official APD Media Release:
At 11:35 am the Abbotsford Police Department received a report of a possible stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping complex in the 3200 block of Mount Lehman Road. The caller blocked the suspected stolen vehicle in while awaiting police arrival. A male suspect then began shooting at the caller and others with a shotgun. There were several 911 calls received reporting the shots fired at 11:52 am.
APD officers arrived in the area and attempted to engage and arrest the suspect. There was an exchange of gunfire. An APD officer was shot and injured during this contact with the suspect. The injured APD officer was transported to hospital with very serious injuries.
The suspect then fled the area in the stolen vehicle and was apprehended by APD officers in the intersection of Mount Lehman Road and Fraser Highway. He was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is a male in his sixties from Alberta.
The injured APD officer was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after arrival.
This is a continuing investigation with many details and questions to be addressed in time. Our priority will be supporting the officer’s family and each other as we deal with these tragic circumstances. The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has been deployed and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is assuming the investigation.
ORIGINAL STORY – Abbotsford Police say at least two officers have been injured and a suspect in custody after an “incident” on My Lehman Road.
This happened around Noon on Monday.
APD have not commented that this was a shooting although some witnesses on social media posted that they heard shots fired in the area.
APD say there are no outstanding public safety concerns at this time, however, traffic along Mt Lehman from Fraser Hwy to north of the Automall will be slow or detoured.