The flag in front of the Mission RCMP detachment is at half-mast in honour of the Abbotsford Police officer killed in a shooting incident on Monday.

The flag in front of the Mission RCMP detachment is at half-mast in honour of the Abbotsford Police officer killed in a shooting incident on Monday.

RCMP ‘deeply saddened’ by police officer’s death

Close relationship with Abbotsford Police

Flags are at half-mast in front of the Mission RCMP detachment, in honour of Abbotsford Police Const. John Davidson.

The 24-year police veteran was shot and killed in the line of duty in Abbotsford on Monday.

“We were deeply saddened to hear of the loss suffered by the Abbotsford Police Department. As a neighbouring police service, many members of our detachment have close ties and relationships with Abbotsford Police. That has made this particularly hard for us,” said Insp. Annette Fellner, officer in charge at the Mission RCMP detachment.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Abbotsford Police Department, along with the family and friends of the police officer who was killed (on Monday).”

Mission Fire Rescue Service also expressed its sympathies on its Facebook site.

“Mission Fire Rescue Service is extremely sad to hear of the passing of the Abbotsford Police officer killed today in the line of duty while protecting his community.

“Our sincerest condolences to Chief Constable Bob Rich, all members of Abbotsford Police Department and the family and friends of the fallen officer.”

During Monday evening’s Mission council meeting, a moment of silence was held for Davidson.

“The events are tragic,” said Mission Mayor Randy Hawes, “but, thankfully they don’t happen very often.”

Jati Sidhu, MP for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, rose in the House of Commons on Tuesday and extended his deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of Davidson.

“I was honoured to speak in the House and ask my colleagues to join me in mourning Cst. Davidson. This officer was a hero, one who died in the service of his community,” Sidhu said.

“For the brave men and women who wear the uniform of the Abbotsford Police Department, this is a tragic reminder of the risks they face protecting the people of this city.”