A 55-year-old Abbotsford police officer is in critical condition, after being assaulted while off-duty in Nelson, B.C., on Thursday.

It happened on Baker Street, where Nelson police say they believe a man was “causing a disturbance” in the roadway.

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“The victim approached him and a physical altercation occurred,” said Nelson police in a media release.

“The victim … suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital in critical condition.”

Nelson police say they arrested a 26-year-old man.

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The Abbotsford Police Department (APD) confirmed the victim was one of its members but is not releasing his name.

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Abbotsford Police Chief Mike Serr took to Twitter to address the incident.

“Our #AbbyPD family is incredibly saddened & we are supporting our member’s family & each other during this difficult time,” wrote Serr.

“We truly appreciate the support.”

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The department also issued a media release thanking first responders and others who had helped the officer.

“The Abbotsford Police Department would like to pass on a heartfelt thank you to all medical staff and civilians who stepped up to assist our officer,” is said.

Nelson police and the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit are investigating.

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