Man who shot Abbotsford cop found guilty of first-degree murder

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) —  The man accused of shooting an Abbotsford police officer in 2017 has been found guilty of first-degree murder.

Oscar Arfmann pleaded not guilty to the charges in the death of Const. John Davidson Nov. 2017, but a judge ruled the Crown proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The defence is asking the court to consider mental health as a factor, and a second mental health assessment has been ordered.

Court is adjourned until 2 p.m. where the judge will hear arguments about Arfmann’s mental state at the time of the killing.

Defence lawyers argued the lack of Davidson’s blood on Arfmann’s clothing raised the issue of reasonable doubt, given the close proximity of the shooting, but the judge disagreed.

Davidson was shot while responding to reports of a stolen vehicle, with the Crown arguing he was ambushed while climbing out of his vehicle.


– With files from the Canadian Press

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