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