WINNIPEG – An inquest looking into the fatal shooting of a man by Winnipeg police officers is set to begin on Monday.
Craig McDougall was shot dead by police on August 2, 2008 at a house on Simcoe Street after officers said he refused to drop a knife, but some witnesses say he was only holding a cellphone.
The inquest was supposed to begin in August, but a key witness to the shooting provided new information that police never heard.
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The witness’s new version of events, if true, could alter the factual elements of the case, according to Crown attorney and inquest counsel David Gray.
At the time of the shooting, Manitoba indigenous leaders asked the province to hold a public inquiry into McDougall’s death, but the request was denied.
The province then called an inquest in 2013.
The inquest is to determine the circumstances relating to McDougall’s death and to prevent what, if anything, can be done to prevent similar deaths in the future.