The BC Coroners Service will hold a public inquest into the death of Angus David Mitchell.
Mitchell, 26, died at Royal Columbian Hospital on May 30, shortly after having been shot by members of the RCMP's Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team during a stand off on 226th Street in Maple Ridge.
The fatal incident occurred only hours after the RCMP had warned the public to be on the lookout for 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 people 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 police.
The chief coroner has determined that the circumstances of 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.