A coroners inquest into the death of a Hazelton man is set to start on March 20th.
The public inquest will look into the facts surrounding the death of then 23-year-old Naverone Woods and make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances.
Naverone was shot by transit officers on the morning of December 28th, 2014.
He was visiting the Vancouver-area when he entered a Surrey supermarket and began stabbing himself in the chest.
Transit officers shot him when he approached them while ignoring commands to drop the knife.
He died shortly after arriving at Royal Columbian Hospital.
A subsequent investigation by the Independent Investigations Office cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.
Naverone’s sister, Melanie Woods says the family hopes to find closure in the proceedings, adding his death devastated their family.
She’s critical of how quickly police resorted to lethal force after arriving at the scene.
Melanie says those officers only had guns or batons giving them few options for non-lethal force without putting themselves in danger.
But she also emphasizes that Naverone hadn’t hurt or threatened anyone other than himself.
Naverone was raised by Melanie since he was five, and she says he was a gentle giant.
Melanie is raising money through GoFundMe to attend the inquest in Burnaby.