In­quest to be­gin into fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing

Cape Breton Post - - CANADA -

TORONTO — An in­quest will be held into the death of a 45-yearold ham­mer-wield­ing man who was shot by Toronto po­lice.

An­drew Loku died on July 5, 2015, fol­low­ing a con­fronta­tion with of­fi­cers in an apart­ment build­ing hall­way.

The Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit found that the of­fi­cer who shot him did not ex­ceed the range of jus­ti­fi­able force.

The po­lice watch­dog agency says the of­fi­cers had their guns drawn and re­peat­edly told Loku to drop the ham­mer as he walked to­wards them, but he was shot twice when he came within two or three me­tres of one of­fi­cer.

Coroner Dr. James Ed­wards says the in­quest will ex­am­ine the events sur­round­ing Loku’s death and the jury may make rec­om­men­da­tions aimed at pre­vent­ing sim­i­lar deaths.

The in­quest — set to be­gin June 5 — is ex­pected to last three weeks and hear from ap­prox­i­mately 20 wit­nesses.

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