VIDEO: Coroner's Inquest to be Held Into Windsor Police Shooting
The Office of the Chief Coroner has confirmed to AM800 News that a coroner's inquest will be conducted into the death of a 33-year-old Windsor man.
On March 21, 2018, around 8am, there was a confrontation between Windsor police and Matthew Mahoney who had been suffering from mental health illnesses for years.
Police had initially been called for a man carrying a butcher block of knives, who was making people uncomfortable.
According to the Special Investigations Unit report, when officers located him, Mahoney began slashing at an officer, cutting his hand.
Police used their tasers on Mahoney, which didn't stop him, so police fired their guns.
Mahoney was struck multiple times and died in the Dufferin Ave. alley behind the McDonalds.
A post mortem examination done at London Health Sciences Centre on March 22, 2018 revealed seven gunshot wounds.
A spokesperson for the coroner says no date or length of time have been determined for the inquest.
An inquest would look into the circumstances surrounding the shooting and potentially come up with recommendations to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Investigators with the SIU formally interviewed 18 civilian witnesses.
The SIU found the witnesses indicated the officers had repeatedly instructed Mahoney to drop his weapon, 'which appeared to have fallen on deaf ears.'
Given the evidence and witness statements, the SIU concluded the shots that were fired by the officers, which struck and killed Mahoney, 'were justified'.
The two officers suffered non-life threatening injuries.