Coroner's Inquest into Douglas Minty's death continues
Published Tuesday, May 6, 2014 6:26PM EDT
The coroner’s inquest into the 2009 death of Douglas Minty continued today in Midhurst.
In June 2009, 59-year-old Doug Minty, a developmentally challenged man, was shot by police outside of his Elmvale home.
The OPP were called to the home after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a door to door salesman who claimed Minty had punched him in the face.
Police say when they arrived, Minty came at OPP Constable Jeff Seguin with a knife. That’s when the officer shot Minty five times.
The inquest heard how Constable Seguin performed CPR on Minty but he died between four and fifteen minutes after he was shot
Pathologist Dr. Timothy Feltis performed the autopsy on Minty and today testified Minty died from multiple gunshot wounds and a loss of blood.
The inquest originally started began in November 2012 but was put on hold after Minty’s family argued over the issue of how Minty’s the officers had prepared their notes.
A lawyer vetted and approved what was in the police notebooks before they were handed over to the Special Investigations Unit.
Minty's family argued having a lawyer approve the notes that end up in police memo books is unacceptable.
They also said it was wrong to allow a single lawyer to act for several officers involved in an incident
In December, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the involvement of lawyers compromised the transparency and public trust in the note taking process.
The inquest is schedule to last four weeks and twenty witnesses are expected to testify.