The B.C. Coroners Service says a public inquest beginning on May 15, will look into the circumstances surrounding the death of a man shot and killed by a Victoria police officer in 2014.

The Victoria Police Department responded to a 911 call at a residence on Dallas Road by a woman who said her son had broken in and was threatening himself with a knife.

Rhett Patrick Victor Mutch, 20, was fatally shot in the neck by a police officer inside the home.

The shooting was the subject of an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office, but they cleared the officer of any criminal wrongdoing in June of 2016.

An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentations of evidence relating to a death.

At the public inquest, presiding coroner Donita Kuzma and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding Mutch’s death.

The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations to prevent future deaths in similar circumstances, the B.C. Coroners Service said.

 

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