The B.C. Coroner’s Service will hold an inquest into the death of Valeri George, who died in 2009 during an incident involving police in Buick Creek starting today.
George died on Sept. 30, after being shot by a member of the RCMP’s North Division Emergency Response Team.
The public inquest will be held at the B.C. Supreme Court in Fort St. John from today until Friday.
Last October, Corporal Dan Moskaluk told Energeticcity.ca that an investigation into the use of lethal force was being conducted by the RCMP “E” Division Major Crimes Unit with the supervision of an independent officer from the Vancouver Police department.
Police were called to a property on Sept. 26, 2009 after a man had reportedly attempted to stop his wife and kids, along with a neighbour, from leaving the property by shooting at the vehicle they were in.
Fort St. John RCMP officers went to the residence, but the man barricaded himself inside and would not communicate with police.
Moskaluk said at that point the Emergency Response Team was called in to set up a perimeter and to assist the other officers.
On Sept. 30, the man apparently tried to leave the property with a rifle and was shot by members of the Emergency Response Team.
To date, police have not released any further details about their investigation.
The inquest – which is separate from the police investigation – will include a jury to hear witness testimony. It will then be able to provide suggestions for preventing similar deaths