Coroner Calls Inquest Into RCMP Shooting Death

Monday, December 04, 2006 at 14:41



Saskatchewan’s chief coroner says concerns over the recent shooting death of a First Nations man on a southern Saskatchewan reserve have prompted an inquest into the matter.


On November 13th, 44-year-old Delbert Kenneth Pelletier lost his life after being shot by RCMP officers following an eight-hour standoff on the Muskowekwan First Nation.


Some members of Pelletier’s family have since spoken out about the incident, saying they feel the amount of force used was unnecessary.


Dr. Kent Stewart says there is a clear need to review all the fact in the case — and that is why his office has made the announcement of an inquest so soon.


Stewart says the date and location of the inquest have yet to be determined, but it will be witnessed by a six-person jury.