Details on accused killer

Details are emerging about the man accused of killing an Abbotsford police officer.

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team released a photo of Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann, 65, on Tuesday.

The Alberta senior is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Const. John Davidson following a confrontation over a stolen car, Monday.

Investigators say he does not possess a licence to own a firearm and don't believe he has a valid driver's licence, despite being seen with a semiautomatic rifle and fleeing from police in a black Mustang stolen from an Abbotsford car dealer.

"Arfmann did at one point have a firearms licence, but it did expire as of 2015," Cpl. Frank Jang said.

Alberta court records show a man with the same name was convicted of impaired driving last year and given a 12-month licence suspension.

"We're looking into his history from Alberta, and if there's anything of relevance… that's going to form part of our investigation," Jang said.

A store clerk from Ashmont, Alta., said she was an acquaintance of Arfmann's.  

“For the most part, he was a nice man,” Brittany Plamondon told CTV. “He was respectful, but he did have his occasional drinks and sometimes he’d get aggravated really easily and it made everybody more alert. You just did what he asked and got him out.”

Arfmann was shot by police in Monday's gunfight and is expected to survive.

– with files from CTV Vancouver


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