Abbotsford police remember Const. John Davidson on anniversary of death

Members of the Abbotsford Police Department are remembering Const. John Davidson today and honouring the slain police officer on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Davidson was shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. 6, 2017.

On Twitter Tuesday morning, Abbotsford Staff-Sgt. Rick Stewart, speaking on behalf of the department, thanked the “families, the law enforcement community and the people we serve” for the support the APD has received in the year since Davidson’s death.

“John is our hero; he will not be forgotten,” said Stewart.

Davidson had been a police officer for 24 years, beginning his career in the United Kingdom working for the Northumbria Police from 1993 to 2005. He joined the Abbotsford force in March 2006, and worked in patrol, the youth squad and traffic sections.

He died in following an exchange of gunfire with a suspect who had allegedly stolen a vehicle.

Abbotsford Const. Renae Williams also tweeted in memory of her friend and colleague on Tuesday.

“JD, not one emotion has changed in the last year, the heartache is still as if yesterday. Your absence will forever be a hard realization. I miss you. You will forever be my partner, my best friend, my hero!!,” Williams said on Twitter.

The man accused of shooting Davidson, 65-year-old Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann, was charged with first-degree murder. A trial is scheduled for Jan, 21, 2019 in New Westminster Supreme Court.

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