Inquest examines 2012 police shooting that ended New Westminster hostage taking

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BURNABY - An inquest is being held this week in Burnaby, B.C., examining a police-involved shooting of a man outside a Metro Vancouver casino more than three years ago.

Forty-eight-year-old Mehrdad Bayrami died in November of 2012, 10 days after he was shot by Delta Police Const. Jordan MacWilliams.

It happened at the end of a five-hour armed standoff in the parking lot of New Westminster's Starlight Casino, where emergency crews were dealing with a hostage situation.

A coroner's jury will hear details about the events leading up to the fatal shooting and can make recommendations aimed at preventing a similar tragedy.

A second degree murder charge was laid against MacWilliams but was dropped last summer when the Crown found there was not enough evidence to guarantee a guilty verdict.

In December, Bayrami's daughter agreed to drop her gross negligence and malicious misconduct lawsuit against MacWilliams.


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