Coroner`s report into Fredy Villanueva`s death out next week

Fredy Villanueva, right, died August 9, 2008 after being shot by Montreal police during an altercation
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It's been over five years since Fredy Villanueva was shot and killed by Montreal police during an altercation in Montreal North.

Now the coroner will finally release his report into the 18-year-old's death next Tuesday.

Fredy Villanueva was shot and killed by Montreal police during an confrontation that escalated on August 9, 2008. Jean-Loup Lapointe and his partner Stéphanie Pilotte stopped a group of youths playing dice in a parking lot near a Montreal North park. They then tried to arrest Villanueva's older brother Dany Villanueva, a struggle ensued, and Lapointe fired four shots, killing Fredy Villanueva and injuring two other young men.

A coroner's inquest into the incident began in May 2009 and officially wrapped up this past June. The final report was delayed due to legal challenges from the Montreal Police Brotherhood and witnesses being questioned about the safety of the holsters used by the police department.

Coroner André Perreault heard testimony from many witnesses and arguments from several lawyers during 108 days of testimony.

Villanueva's death triggered riots in Montreal North the following day and protests after that.

His family and the two other men injured by police, Denis Méas and Jeffrey Sagor-Metéllus, are suing the city of Montreal and two officers for damages in separate lawsuits.

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