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Inquest launched into fatal police shooting of Shawnigan Lake man in 2018


An inquest has been launched into the fatal shooting of a man in Shawnigan Lake in 2018.

The BC Coroners Service confirm they will be holding an inquest into the death of Christopher Jonathan Bloomfield starting at 9:30 a.m. on July 2nd the Victoria Law Courts.

According to Shawinigan Lake RCMP, the incident occurred shortly after noon on Saturday at a residence in the 1100 block of Mill Bay Road on November 10th, 2018.

Police said said they entered a home with the intention of arresting a man in relation to an assault investigation.

Upon entering the home, officers encountered a man who, they say, advanced on them with “an edged weapon.”

Attempts were made to subdue the suspect with a taser; however, when that failed, the man was subsequently shot by an officer and rushed to hospital, where he later died.

Shortly after the incident, the Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) began an investigation as they would with any police related incident with the public.

The IIO completed its investigation a year later and cleared the officers of wrongdoing.

The report states that officers fired six shots at close range at Bloomfield, hitting him in the chest, abdomen, and both arms.

According to the Coroners Act, inquests are mandatory for any deaths that occur while a person is detained by, or in the custody of, a peace officer. The chief coroner may direct an inquest to be held if there is public interest in being informed.

A jury will hear evidence to determine the facts surrounding Bloomfield’s death.

“The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances,” a release from the coroner service says. “A jury must not make any finding of legal responsibility or express any conclusion of law.”

Inquests serve three primary functions including establishing the facts related to the death, provide recommendations to prevent similar deaths, and ensure public confidence by demonstrating that the circumstances surrounding the death will not be overlooked, concealed, or ignored.

Victoria Buzz Staff
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