Former peacekeeper shot in the back
Oct 7, 2013 / 12:07 pm
A coroner's jury has heard a former peacekeeper and soldier killed during an RCMP standoff in Prince George, last September was shot twice in the back with an M16 rifle.
Cameron Ward, the lawyer for Greg Matters's family, told the inquest the evidence will show that the man didn't have any firearms when police moved in to the rural property.
Ward asked the jury to consider the effect on Matters — who had post traumatic stress disorder — when four heavily armed officers wearing camouflage fatigues entered as a helicopter circled overhead.
Matters's mother dabbed tears from her eyes as pictures of her son were shown to the jury on a large screen and the family's lawyer explained the circumstances of his death.
However the lawyer for the attorney general told jury members that as they hear the evidence, they may find that suicide is one conclusion that could be open to them.
Coroner T.E. Chico Newell reminded the jurors that none of the statements by lawyers are evidence, and they must rely on what they will hear from witnesses in the week ahead.
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