Robert Dziekanski's death ruled a homicide

Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski is seen in the arrivals area of the Vancouver airport in this...

Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski is seen in the arrivals area of the Vancouver airport in this video footage from October 14, 2007. (REUTERS/Paul Pritchard/Handout)

Luke Brocki, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:24 AM ET

VANCOUVER - More than five years after Robert Dziekanski died at Vancouver International Airport, the BC Coroners Service has classified his death as a homicide.

The coroner’s report released Monday found that Dziekanski, 40, died from a heart attack moments after four RCMP officers zapped him five times with a Taser.

The Polish immigrant landed in Vancouver on Oct. 13, 2007. Unable to speak English and with no Polish translator available, Dziekanski spent the next 10 hours waiting for his immigration application to be approved by customs officials.

By the time he was released into the semi-secure international reception lounge, he became agitated and confused.

While witnesses didn’t report feeling threatened, airport security called the RCMP nonetheless.

No charges were ever laid in his death and the coroner’s ruling does not imply fault or blame.

Dziekanski’s death was extensively investigated by the Braidwood Inquiry. Its recommendations led to a significant drop in police Taser use starting in 2008 and the creation of the Independent Investigations Office — an agency that investigates deaths and serious injuries involving police.

The Mounties involved are currently facing perjury charges in relation to their testimony at the Braidwood Inquiry.


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