Coroner’s inquest rules police fatally shooting man in Mill Bay was a homicide

Coroner's inquest rules police fatally shooting man in Mill Bay was a homicide
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File photo of the coroner on scene at Chris Bloomfield's mother's home the day he was fatally shot by police in 2018.

A jury presiding over a coroner’s inquest into a man who was fatally shot by police in Mill Bay in 2018 has ruled the death was a homicide.

The four-day inquest took place between July 2-5 in Victoria, almost five years and eight months after the fatal incident.

On Nov. 10, 2018, police were called to Chris Bloomfield’s home by his mother who asked for help taking him to the hospital.

Shawnigan Lake RCMP officers responded and said Bloomfield was suffering from delusions that Satan was in his body. RCMP Bloomfield ran at them slashing a knife before officers shot him multiple times in the torso.

The officers involved in Bloomfield’s death have been criminally cleared and no one is considered at fault for his death.

However, the jury did rule that his death is a homicide.

The jury did make three recommendations. The first is for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General to provide more resources to the BC Coroners Service to conduct inquests more quickly; the second is for RCMP, public safety ministry and Ministry of Health to consider funding for more mental health liaison teams; the final is for RCMP and public safety ministry to mandate implementing an independent officer review after a “police-involved” incident where serious injury or death occur.

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