Inquest resumes into Prince George veteran’s shooting death

By David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver

A BC Coroners Service inquest into the 2012 shooting death of a traumatized veteran by RCMP in Prince George resumes Monday after a three-month hiatus.

Possibly at stake is the reputation of the Independent Investigations Office of B.C., an arms-length agency, which investigates “officer-related incidents of death or serious harm.”

Greg Matters, 40, was killed by an Emergency Response Team officer deployed with dozens of others to arrest him on his mother's property following an altercation with his brother, according to the IIO’s report on the incident.

It was the IIO's first case, and the agency concluded last April that no officer had committed any offence. It concurred with police that Matters was shot in the chest, allegedly approaching them with a small hatchet.

But in October, a forensic pathologist told the inquest Matters was not shot in the chest, but twice from behind.

“That wasn't disclosed in the IIO's public report,” said Matters family lawyer Cameron Ward.

“The RCMP deployed an incredible number of resources to deal with the fallout from a relatively minor motor vehicle accident and dispute between brothers.”

During the standoff, police learned that Matters suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from his service in Bosnia.




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