Details of the December 2014 shooting death of a 23-year-old man will be examined by a coroners jury, starting today.
Hazelton resident Navarone Woods has been described as distraught as officers responded to reports of a possibly armed man at a grocery store in Surrey.
Two transit police officers were first on the scene but the situation escalated, shots were fired and Woods died a short time later.
On day one of the inquest, a doctor who treated woods in a Surrey ER just hours before he was fatally shot by transit police says Woods told him he’d been drinking alcohol and using drugs earlier that week.
Dr. Craig Murray told a coroner’s inquest that Woods came into Surrey Memorial Hospital on December 28th 2014, saying he had fallen and hurt his knee.
Murray said Woods was calm and co-operative but mentioned having had a seizure — which the doctor suspected was due to the alcohol or drug use.
A bus driver who saw Woods later that day told the inquest the man was agitated and screaming, and that she closed the bus doors as he ran up to them because she was scared.
The officer who fired the deadly shot was cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation, but the inquest will examine what led up to Woods’ death, in hopes of avoiding similar fatalities in future.