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Canada Gunman found guilty in deadly shooting of Abbotsford, B.C., police Const. John Davidson

00:30  11 october  2019
00:30  11 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Abbotsford , British Columbia, Canada. November 19 2017 Abbotsford Police Department lost an amazing colleague and friend who died in the line of duty.

A man accused of shooting an Abbotsford , B . C . police officer in 2017 says he's not guilty of first-degree murder. Davidson had been driving an unmarked police cruiser when he heard reports of shots fired at the shopping complex. Unable to drive away, a man police allege was Alberta resident

The man charged with killing an on-duty Abbotsford, B.C., police officer nearly two years ago has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Oscar Arfmann, sitting in the prisoner's box, did not move as B.C. Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross delivered her verdict in a New Westminster courtroom late Thursday morning.

The judge found Crown prosecutors had proved Arfmann's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, but the conviction has not yet been entered, because defence is asking Arfmann's mental health be assessed again to determine whether he's criminally responsible.

Const. John Davidson, a veteran policeman and father of three, was shot and killed as he responded to reports of a stolen vehicle on Nov. 6, 2017.

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ABBOTSFORD , B . C .—A man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a After the shooting , police said they arrested a man from Alberta who is in his 60s. Const . The Abbotsford Police Department said Davidson began his career as a police officer in the United Kingdom in 1993

Const . John Davidson was killed on Nov. 6, 2017, after he responded to a call about a stolen vehicle. He was shot and died just moments after he arrived at the scene. A private service was held Tuesday for Abbotsford Police Department (APD) members, city officials and Davidson ’s family.

The prosecution argued Arfmann ambushed the 53-year-old officer as he got out of his vehicle, shooting him twice from behind. Ross said she found Arfmann intended to kill Davidson, fully aware he was a police officer in the line of duty.

Davidson's wife and three adult children sat in the courtroom's front row during the sentencing. Abbotsford police Chief Mike Serr and Const. Renae Williams, Davidson's partner during his time with the department's traffic unit, were seated next to the family.

a close up of a man: Oscar Arfmann, then 65, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Abbotsford police offer Const. John Davidson. Davidson was shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. 6, 2017.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Oscar Arfmann, then 65, has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Abbotsford police offer Const. John Davidson. Davidson was shot and killed in the line of duty on Nov. 6, 2017.

The rest of the courtroom was packed with plainclothes and uniformed police officers from Abbotsford, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder throughout the hearing.

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John Davidson is seen during a news conference held by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B . C . THE CANADIAN Witnesses at the trial identified a black Mustang and man wearing a black leather jacket with a gun at the scene of the shooting , and that

+ The man accused in the death of Abbotsford police officer John Davidson was in court Tuesday for a brief appearance. Oscar Arfmann is charged with first-degree murder in Davidson ’s death. If convicted, he faces a life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

There was a gasp of relief in the courtroom as the verdict was delivered.

Arfmann, who was arrested the day of the shooting after a police takedown, had pleaded not guilty. Crown attorney Wendy Stephen told the trial that a man matching Arfmann's description stole a vehicle two days earlier and shot at the dealership managers who confronted him, left the area, then returned and killed Davidson to escape arrest.

In their closing arguments more than two months ago, defence lawyers said Arfmann had no motive to kill Davidson and that the Crown's case depended on conflicting witness accounts.

On Thursday, the judge told the court she had found the witnesses to be "credible" with a considerable amount of audio and video evidence matching their testimonies.

Defence lawyer Frances Mahon also questioned the Crown's assertion that the rifle accepted as the murder weapon was linked to Arfmann.

Ross rejected that argument.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Davidson left behind a wife and three adult children. As an officer, he had a reputation for caring deeply about his job and the people he was tasked with protecting.© Provided by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Davidson left behind a wife and three adult children. As an officer, he had a reputation for caring deeply about his job and the people he was tasked with protecting.

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