Abbotsford – November 6, 2017
At 11:35 am the Abbotsford Police Department received a report of a possible stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a shopping complex in the 3200 block of Mount Lehman Road. The caller blocked the suspected stolen vehicle in while awaiting police arrival. A male suspect then began shooting at the caller and others with a shotgun. There were several 911 calls received reporting the shots fired at 11:52 am.
APD officers arrived in the area and attempted to engage and arrest the suspect. There was an exchange of gunfire. An APD officer was shot and injured during this contact with the suspect. The injured APD officer was transported to hospital with very serious injuries.
The suspect then fled the area in the stolen vehicle and was apprehended by APD officers in the intersection of Mount Lehman Road and Fraser Highway. He was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is a male in his sixties from Alberta.
The injured APD officer was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after arrival.
This is a continuing investigation with many details and questions to be addressed in time. Our priority will be supporting the officer’s family and each other as we deal with these tragic circumstances. The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has been deployed and the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) is assuming the investigation.