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Thousands gather to remember life of Abbotsford, B.C. officer killed on duty

Police officers investigate the scene of a shooting that left one Abbostford Police officer dead in Abbotsford, B.C., on Monday November 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Thousands of men and women in uniform, led by a police motorcycle squad and a pipe band, are marching in an Abbotsford, B.C., procession leading to the celebration of life of Const. John Davidson.

Davidson was killed earlier this month in an exchange of gunfire between a suspect and police who were responding to a report of a possible stolen vehicle.

A riderless horse, a symbol of a fallen officer, is being led along the procession, joined by a parade of blue and red uniforms of officers.

Some of the officers in the parade have come from as far away as the United Kingdom.

The 53-year-old officer began his career with the Northumbria police in the northeastern United Kingdom in 1993 and had worked in the Abbotsford department for 11 years.

Davidson rode in the Cops for Cancer ride this year and Chris Coburn, the organizer of the event, says the officer was focused on making his community better.

Alberta resident Oscar Arfmann, 65, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Davidson is survived by his wife and three adult children.