Coroner to hold inquest into Abbotsford death of RCMP spokesperson

Coroner to hold inquest into Abbotsford death of RCMP spokesperson

Pierre Lemaitre died of self-inflicted injuries in 2013

The BC Coroners Service will hold an inquest into the death of a former RCMP officer and spokesperson who took his life in Abbotsford five years ago.

Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre died from self-inflicted injuries on July 29, 2013 in his Abbotsford home. Lemaitre had been a 22-year veteran of the RCMP, and had been its spokesperson immediately following the high-profile death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver International Airport.

In a news release issued Monday, the Coroners Service said the decision to hold a public inquest followed the review of a coroner’s investigation.

A presiding coroner and a jury will hear evidence about the death. They will not assign blame, but can make recommendations to prevent deaths under similar circumstances.

The inquest will begin Nov. 19, 2018. It will be held at the Burnaby Coroners’ Court.