Dr. William Lucas, Deputy Chief Coroner for Inquests, has set the date for the inquest into the deaths of Reyal Jardine-Douglas, 25, Sylvia Klibingaitis, 52, and Michael Eligon, 29.
Each died of gunshot wounds sustained when they approached police officers while carrying edged weapons, bewtween 2010 and 2012. Each may have been experiencing the effects of a mental disorder at the time of their deaths.
These inquests are mandatory under the Coroners Act, section 25(2) — where two or more deaths appear to have occurred in the same event or from a common cause, the Chief Coroner may direct that one inquest be held into all of the deaths.
The inquest will examine the events surrounding the three deaths. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths. The inquest is expected to last eight weeks and to hear from more than 50 witnesses.
The inquest will begin at 9 a.m., Tue. Oct. 15, at the new Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex, 25 Morton Shulman Ave., Toronto (south side of Wilson Ave., one block west of Keele St.). Dr. David Eden will preside as inquest coroner; Michael Blain has been named counsel to the coroner.
Dr. Lucas’s Aug. 8 announcement was eclipsed by the Ontario ombudsman’s statement regarding the most-recent shooting of a citizen by police in Ontario. André Marin’s office will examine de-escalation training — an issue that had been addressed by several Coroner’s inquiries over the past two decades.
“The recommendations coming out of these inquests are almost carbon-copied from each other,” Marin told a media conference. “Increase police training, increase how police diffuse situations.”
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