No charges to be laid for officer who shot Alain Magloire

No charges will be laid against a Montreal police officer in the shooting death of Alain Magloire at a downtown hostel last February.

The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions made the conslusion after a review of evidence and an independant investigation by the Sûreté du Québec.

Magloire, 41, was shot downtown on Feb. 3 when police responded to a call about an agitated man at a hostel downtown.

When police arrived, he allegedly waved the hammer at them.

Police called for a Taser, before it arrived Magloire was shot in the chest, killing him.

The DCPP said the officer who fired feared for the life of his colleague because of Magloire’s conduct.

It said the section of the Criminal Code that allow officers to use as much force as is necessary, including opening fire on a person, if another person is threatened with serious injury were followed.

The father of two girls, Magloire was known at Montreal's Old Brewery and suffered from mental illness.

Quebec's chief coroner has called for a public inquiry to look into police interventions involving people with mental health problems.

With files from CTV Montreal

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  1. Paul posted on 09/03/2014 06:26 AM
    No surprise here.
    Police investigating police always seems to end with no charges.
    I could have predicted the outcome before the investigation began.
  2. Joe posted on 09/03/2014 08:53 AM
    Ever heard of shooting for the leg to disable the guy. Oh well time for a enquiry so the coroner will recommend what to do when a guy comes at you with a Stanley Hammer.
  3. Drew posted on 09/03/2014 10:42 AM
    Always the same statement "Quebec's chief coroner has called for a public inquiry to look into police interventions involving people with mental health problems" McGill University offered the SPVM a long time ago to help the Police to deal with this type of situation and McGill is still waiting for an answer.
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