Deputy po­lice chief loses son in crash

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - VANCOUVER -

An­other tragedy has hit a Bri­tish Columbia po­lice de­part­ment as it mourns the death of one of its of­fi­cers in a fa­tal shoot­ing.

Const. Paul Walker con­firms the son of Ab­bots­ford Po­lice Deputy Chief Mike Serr was killed in a car ac­ci­dent 40 kilo­me­tres east of Van­cou­ver early Mon­day.

Ai­den Serr was alone in the ve­hi­cle when it flipped af­ter skid­ding off the road in Maple Ridge. The 19-year-old was rushed to hospi­tal but died a short time later.

Serr’s death comes a week af­ter Ab­bots­ford Const. John David­son was killed while re­spond­ing to a theft and shots­fired call on Nov. 6.

Hun­dreds at­tended a can­dle­light vigil for David­son Mon­day night and a full reg­i­men­tal ser­vice will be held for the of­fi­cer on Nov. 19, with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from po­lice de­part­ments as far away as the United King­dom ex­pected to at­tend.

Walker says in an email that mem­bers of the Ab­bots­ford Po­lice De­part­ment re­main strong and are sup­port­ing each other and the David­son and Serr fam­i­lies. “We are grate­ful for the out­pour­ing of sup­port from the com­mu­nity,” he says.

A 65-year-old Os­car Arf­mann from St. Paul, Alta., is ac­cused of the first-de­gree mur­der of David­son and re­mains in cus­tody.

Walker says the Maple Ridge RCMP de­tach­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash that killed Serr.

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