Coroner orders inquest into fatal police shooting

Candles sit where Alain Magloire, a homeless person, was shot in the street by the Montreal police...

Candles sit where Alain Magloire, a homeless person, was shot in the street by the Montreal police February 4, 2014. (MAXIME DELAND/QMI AGENCY)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY - The Quebec coroner's office has ordered a public inquiry into the deadly police shooting of a homeless, mentally ill man in Montreal on Monday.

The province's chief coroner, Denis Marsolais, will preside over the inquiry.

Alain Magloire, 41, was shot and killed following 911 calls about an assault with a hammer.

He's the third mentally ill man Montreal police have gunned down since 2011.

"Given that some emergency interventions...involving people with mental health problems have resulted in deaths in recent years, it is appropriate to conduct a public inquiry," the coroner's office said in a statement.

A Quebec corner has already criticized Montreal police for inadequate training and infrequent use of Tasers.

The report released in May 2012 highlighted poor pistol training after a stray bullet killed bystander Patrick Limoges during a botched takedown the previous year.

A mentally ill man armed with a knife was also killed in the operation.


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