STANDING HEARING SET FOR INQUEST INTO DEATH OF PAUL LEONARD DUCK
A hearing date has been set to determine who can participate at the upcoming inquest into the death of Paul Leonard Duck, 52.
On March 15, 2011, two RCMP officers were providing a security detail at the scene of a fatal house fire in the Wasahak area of God’s Lake Narrows when they heard gunshots and glass breaking near their location. While waiting for assistance, the officers were approached by a group of people including a male carrying a gun, later identified as Duck. During the incident, the male sustained a gunshot wound through his left arm and upper body and was taken to the nursing station in an RCMP vehicle. Despite medical intervention, he died at 1:55 a.m. on March 15, 2011. The immediate cause of death was the gunshot wound.
Under the Fatality Inquiries Act, inquests are mandatory when a death results from the action of a peace officer in the course of duty. Inquests explore the circumstances and events leading to deaths to determine what if anything could be done to help prevent similar deaths from occurring in the future.
At the upcoming hearing, the inquest judge will determine who can question and call witnesses by having standing at the inquest. Those who want to seek standing should attend this hearing set for:
11 a.m., Sept. 28
Courtroom, God’s Lake Narrows Community Hall
Dates for the actual inquest will be set following the hearing.
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Those interested in applying for standing should contact David Gray, supervising senior crown attorney, 204-677-6766.