Mother who saw shooting to testify at inquest
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A British Columbia mother who tried to intervene before her son was shot by RCMP, and the brother whose ongoing feud set off the chain of events that ended with Greg Matters' death will both testify today at a coroner's inquest.
Matters, a 15-year soldier who was being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, was shot in September 2012 by a member of the force's emergency response team.
A coroner's jury in Prince George, B.C., heard Monday from Matters's sister, Tracey, who described his mental health struggles and the progress he was making.
But the jury also heard that Matters had a history with police, and had been charged earlier with an assault on his brother and with uttering threats against the Crown lawyer involved.
The jury also heard a series of increasingly agitated calls Matters made to 911 after the confrontation with his brother, and from an off-duty RCMP officer who intervened.
Const. Steven Pelletier, who lived in the area, testified that Matters took a swing at him, knocking a flashlight out of his hand when he came out to the scene of a crash involving Matters and his brother.