RCMP officer’s death a suicide 0
Four screen grabs from witness video showing Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in the arrival area of the Vancouver International Airport on October 14, 2007. Monday’s coroner’s report found the 40-year-old died from a heart attack moments after four RCMP officers shocked him five times with a Taser. No charges were ever laid in connection with Dziekanski’s death and this week's coroner’s ruling does not imply fault or blame. (REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
The death of the RCMP officer who was the face of the Mounties during the Braidwood Inquiry into the passing of Robert Dziekanski was a suicide, according to the B.C. Coroner’s service.
Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre’s body was found July 29 at his home in Abbotsford, the same day an officer in the Braidwood Inquiry was acquitted of perjury charges related to the case.
Lemaitre killed himself by hanging, the coroner said.
It added it is continuing its investigation into the death and said it will issue a complete coroner’s report when finished.
On the day of his death emergency personnel were called to Lemaitre’s home but couldn’t resuscitate the 55-year-old.
That same day, Const. Bill Bentley of the RCMP was cleared of charges he lied under oath during an inquiry into the death of Dziekanski, an immigrant from Poland who died after being Tasered by RCMP at the Vancouver airport in 2007.
Bentley was charged with perjury over concerns his testimony at the inquiry differed from his notes and how the incident unfolded on video.
Three other officers on the scene at the time of the incident are awaiting trial on perjury charges.
Lemaitre was the RCMP spokesman throughout the inquiry.