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Media Bulletin - Manitoba

February 10, 2020

STANDING HEARING FOR INQUEST INTO DEATH OF CHAD WILLIAMS



A standing hearing will take place to determine who can participate in the upcoming inquest into the death of Chad Williams, 26, of Winnipeg.

On the evening on Jan. 11, 2019, Williams was approached by Winnipeg Police Service officers and was chased on foot.  At the end of the pursuit, the officers confronted Williams, who produced a weapon and was shot by police.  Winnipeg Fire and Paramedic Service was called and police began resuscitation efforts until they arrived.  Williams received treatment at Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg but died in the early morning of Jan. 12, 2019.

Under The Fatality Inquiries Act, an inquest has been called by the chief medical examiner.  Inquests explore the circumstances and events leading to deaths for the purpose of finding out what, if anything, might be done to prevent similar deaths in the future.

Before the inquest begins, the judge will decide who can participate in the process and question witnesses.  Individuals and groups may make an application to be granted standing and participate in the inquest.  Those interested in applying for standing should contact Jeannelle Allard, inquest counsel, at 204-726-6013 or jeannelle.allard@gov.mb.ca by March 23.

The standing hearing will be held on April 6 at 10 a.m. in courtroom 408 at the Manitoba Law Courts Complex, 408 York Ave., Winnipeg.

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