Inquest set in Crescent Beach police-shooting death
An inquest into the death of a 23-year-old who was shot two years ago by police responding to a domestic disturbance in Crescent Beach will be held in July, B.C. Coroners Service has been announced.
Brendon Samuel Beddow, a Surrey resident, died March 23, 2011, after police were dispatched to the 3000-block of McBride Avenue.
A witness told Peace Arch News at the time that he heard police say, 'Drop it!' and saw a young man with a gun in his hand. The man was swearing at police and then fired his gun, the witness said. Police fired back.
A Vancouver Police Department investigation into the fatal shooting cleared the officers involved of criminal wrongdoing.
The review "concluded that there were no reasonable grounds to believe a criminal offence was committed by any member of the RCMP in relation to this incident.”
In the July inquest, coroner Margaret Janzen and a jury will hear evidence to determine the facts surrounding Beddow's death. They cannot, by law, make any findings of legal responsibility, but may make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.
The inquest is set for July 15-19 in Burnaby.