BC Coroners Service has announced it will hold a public inquest into the death of Angus David Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell, aged 26, died at Royal Columbian Hospital on May 30, 2012,
shortly after having been shot by members of the RCMP's Lower Mainland
Emergency Response Team.
The fatal incident occurred only hours after the RCMP had warned the
public to be on the lookout for Mr. Mitchell, who was believed to be
armed with a rifle. He was wanted by police for shooting his former
landlord in Burnaby and was also a person of interest in the fatal
shooting of two persons in a Burnaby sushi restaurant.
The BC Coroners Service is mandated to hold an inquest into the death of
a person who dies while detained by or in the custody of a peace officer.
The chief coroner has determined that the circumstances of Mr. Mitchell's
death and issues which have been raised in the case can best be explored
through the inquest process.
An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of
evidence relating to a death.
At the inquest, a presiding coroner and a jury will hear evidence from
subpoenaed witnesses to determine the facts surrounding this death. While
the jury may not, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, it
will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing
deaths under similar circumstances in the future.
Vancouver Police are conducting an external examination of the shooting
and the circumstances leading up to it. The timing of the inquest will
depend in large part on how quickly that external review is completed. A
presiding coroner will be named, and a date and place for the inquest
will be announced as soon as determined.