The BC Coroners Service has confirmed that the death of former RCMP media spokesperson Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre was the result of suicide.
Coroner Barb McLintock said in a press release issued Thursday afternoon that emergency personnel were called to Lemaitre’s home in Abbotsford on the morning of July 29 but they could not resuscitate him.
She said the Coroners Service is continuing its investigation into the matter, but will not be disclosing any further details at this time.
“The preliminary investigation has found no evidence of foul play,” McLintock said.
When the investigation is complete, a public coroner’s report will be issued.
“The BC Coroners Service expresses its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Lemaitre,” McLintock said.
A memorial service for Lemaitre was held Sunday in Langley.
Lemaitre, who joined the RCMP in 1984, was most recently working for the E division traffic services.
He was a former media spokesperson who provided the first public statements following the Taser-related death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver Airport in 2007.
Lemaitre testified in April 2009 at the Braidwood public inquiry into Dziekanski’s death.