Public inquest into Port Hardy man’s death will be held in Campbell River
CAMPBELL RIVER, B.C. – James Reginald Butters, also known as James Hayward, died on July 8th 2015.
Now, the BC Coroners Service has scheduled a public inquest into his death, which will take place on August 20th at 9:30 a.m. at the Campbell River law courts.
Butters died following a police-involved shooting incident after Port Hardy RCMP officers responded to a call of a male uttering threats.
He was shot near the Port Hardy Secondary School track, after he allegedly moved towards the officers with a large knife in his hand.
According to a release, the Coroners Act permits the chief coroner to hold an inquest if the public has an interest in being informed of the circumstances surrounding a death.
The presiding coroner and a jury will hear evidence and determine the facts surrounding Butters’ death. The jury will then have the opportunity to make recommendations that can help prevent deaths under similar circumstances.