An Alberta man “ambushed” a police officer moments after he got out of his vehicle, shooting him from behind and then standing over his unmoving body and shooting him again, a British Columbia court heard Monday.Crown prosecutor Theresa Iandiorio made the allegations in her opening arguments in the trial of Oscar Arfmann, who is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Const. John Davidson of the Abbotsford Police Department.Davidson, 53, died Nov. 6, 2017, after responding to reports of a possible stolen vehicle and shots fired.“Within moments of getting out of his police vehicle, Const. Davidson was ambushed by the accused, Oscar Arfmann,” Iandiorio told a B.C. Supreme Court.Arfmann, 66, pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial Monday, which is being held before a judge alone.He appeared in court dressed in a black sweatsuit with a grey beard and hair that reached his shoulders.
Police and officers from the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) on scene after an Abbotsford police officer was fatally shot on Mt. Lehman Road near the Fraser Highway in Abbotsford, B.C., on Nov. 6, 2017.
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Iandiorio told the trial the Crown plans to call 30 witnesses to prove that Arfmann killed Davidson using a rifle found in the passenger seat of a black Mustang he was driving.Several knives and ammunition for the rifle were also recovered from the vehicle, she said.Arfmann is alleged to have taken the Mustang from a car dealership without paying for it two days before the incident, she told the court.When employees of the dealership spotted the Mustang parked in a handicap spot, the dealership manager parked his pickup to block it from leaving and reported it to police. The car had an Alberta licence plate affixed to it, court heard.“This Alberta licence plate was registered to Mr. Arfmann’s sister,” Iandiorio said.
Const. John Davidson is shown in this undated handout photo.
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Arfmann returned to the car before police arrived and when the manager approached him he pulled out a knife, then reached into the Mustang for a rifle and shot toward the pickup, she said.He got in the car, jumped a curb and began driving away, but Iandiorio said he made a U-turn back to the complex where she alleged he had a second vehicle parked.Const. Davidson was the first officer on the scene and was shot from behind within moments of getting out of his vehicle, Iandiorio said.“Const. Davidson fell face first on the ground. He did not move. He began bleeding,” she said.
Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting that left one Abbostford Police officer dead in Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday November 6, 2017.
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Arfmann then approached the officer, who was face down and motionless, and shot him again, Iandiorio said.Arfmann drove off in the Mustang and was arrested after police rammed his vehicle and shot at him, Iandiorio said.
Oscar Arfmann, 65, is seen in this 2010 photo. Arfmann is charged with one count of first-degree murder in the death of Abbotsford police offer Const. John Davidson is seen during a news conference held by the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C.
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Davidson, who had been with the Fraser Valley police department for 11 years, began his policing career in the United Kingdom in 1993 before moving to B.C.He is survived by his wife and three adult children.His family declined to comment outside court.Related
Police and officers from the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) on scene at an officer involved shooting on Mt Lehman Road near the Fraser Highway in Abbotsford, BC., November 6, 2017.
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