Argument preceded shooting death 0
Brendon Beddow was gunned down by Surrey RCMP in a disputed incident more than two years ago. (FROM FACEBOOK)
A 23-year-old man who died in a police shooting more than two years ago was in an intense dispute that got physical with another person shortly before he was shot to death by Mounties, a coroner’s inquest heard Monday.
Brendon Beddow was killed in March 2011 at a Crescent Beach residence by Surrey RCMP.
At a coroner’s inquest in Burnaby a witness – who is protected by a publication ban – said the deceased was a habitual user of cocaine, heroin and other drugs.
The witness also said Beddow said he had recently attempted suicide and was stressed over personal debts.
Another witness, construction worker Eric Benetti, testified he was working next door when he saw Beddow engaged in a heated argument with another person.
Soon after, the person arguing with Beddow came next door and the construction crew allowed them to hide in an upstairs closet while police were called.
From the balcony of the home undergoing construction, Benetti said he saw police arrive and direct their attention to the house next door.
He heard police yell, “Brendon, drop your gun. We will shoot you” eight to 10 times before shots rang out.
The unidentified witness said Beddow often had firearms with him, but hadn’t seen him brandishing any during the argument and couldn’t see him during the police incident.
Beddow had a record for trafficking drugs, but no violent charges before the incident.
During the three-day inquest, RCMP officers, toxicology experts and Beddow’s mother are scheduled to testify.