The BC Coroners Service has announced that a public inquest will be held into the death of Phuong Na (Tony) Du.
The inquest will begin on Feb. 5, 2018, at the Burnaby Coroners’ Court (20th Floor – 4720 Kingsway, Metrotower II, Metrotown, Burnaby).
Du, 51, died following a police-involved shooting incident on Nov. 22, 2014. As Du died while in police custody, an inquest is mandatory per Section 18(2) of the Coroners Act.
Presiding coroner John Knox and a jury will hear evidence from witnesses under oath to determine the facts surrounding this death. The jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances. A jury must not make any finding of legal responsibility or express any conclusion of law.
An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence relating to a death. For more information on inquests, please visit: http://ow.ly/8WRx30gbxTr
The BC Coroners Service looks to gather the facts surrounding why a death took place and is not a fault-finding agency. It provides an independent service to the family, community, government agencies and other organizations.
Andy WatsonManager, Strategic Communications
BC Coroners Service