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Former Newcastle police officer shot dead on duty in Canada

John Davidson was a serving police officer in western Canada Credit: Abbotsford Police Department

Northumbria PoIice have paid tribute to a former officer who was killed while serving in Canada.

PC John Davidson was shot and killed while on duty in Abbotsford, British Columbia, on Monday November 6.

A woman places a tribute to John Davidson Credit: PA

We were very saddened to learn of the death of our former colleague who died bravely in the line of duty while serving as an officer in Abbotsford, Canada.

Our thoughts are very much with his family, friends and former colleagues at this difficult time.

Today many of our officers who knew John well during his career with us and kept in touch with him over the ensuing years are shocked by the events in Canada.

We all want to express our sincere condolences to his family at this tragic news.

– Acting Chief Constable Winton Keenen, Northumbria Police
A makeshift memorial at Abbotsford Police station Credit: PA

John had been a police officer for 24 years, beginning his career in the UK working for the Northumbria Police from 1993 to 2005.

He worked as a 24/7 response officer in Byker and North Shields and latterly as a motor patrols officer just before he left for Canada.

He is survived by his wife and three grown children.