A coroner’s inquest into the stabbing death of a Canadian tire in Vancouver will begin Monday.
Daniel Peter Rintoul died in a November 2016 shooting outside the store near Grandview Highway and Rupert Street.
Police said the man stabbed a clerk in the back and neck and tried to open the store’s gun cabinet and remove the guns. But police allege he abandoned the guns and left the store with a knife and bear spray.
They say he used the items in an attempt to attack the police who were called to deal with the incident.
They claim he also held an adult hostage and at one point managed to stab a police officer “multiple times, including in the head and stomach.”
Rintoul was shot nine times by the police and died on the spot.
The shooting has already been investigated by B.C.’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office.
The officers involved in the investigation, including the witness statements of people who were in the store that day, were excluded. Those witnesses told the IIO that they heard police yelling at the 38-year-old suspect to drop his weapons and get down, but the man began firing the deadly weapon at the officers.
Civilians said they saw officers use a Taser, which sent Rinrule to the ground, but police were unable to handcuff him or even control his weapons.
Rintoul was a large man, weighing 430 pounds, the IIO reported.
One man was stabbed while officers were trying to apprehend him, the office said.
The watchdog said police initially tried less lethal options, including firing foam or wooden ARWEN rounds, but investigators said the suspect “still intended to take aggressive actions.”
The IIO report was released in 2019, with the office saying it took so long because some Vancouver police were sidelined during the investigation. The IIO eventually had to go to the BC Supreme Court to force those officers to participate.
A public inquest into Rinrule’s death will begin at Burnaby Coroners Court on Monday.
These investigations are mandatory for deaths that occur while a person is in custody or in the custody of a peace officer and are not intended to find fault.
Rather, these investigations seek to determine the facts surrounding the death – including how it happened – and, if appropriate, make recommendations to prevent further deaths in similar circumstances.
The Coroners Service said it was “to ensure public confidence that the circumstances surrounding a person’s death are not ignored, concealed or ignored”.
The inquest will be telecast live. Instructions on how to visit can be found on the provincial government’s website.
The province also released a list of 33 witnesses during the hearing, which will continue until Nov. 7.
With files from CTVNews.ca’s Kendra Mangione