According to the Justice ministry, Section 19 of The Coroners Act, 1999 states the Chief Coroner may direct an inquest be held into the death of any person.
When Gerald Lord was shot by a member of the RCMP, Mounties had said they were called to a home in Holdfast that night after reports of a disturbance.
According to the RCMP, there was a “physical altercation” between a 42-year-old man and an RCMP member, who shot him.
The family however, said they were told nothing for a year and a half – just their son had been killed at the hands of an officer.
The Regina Police Service was called in as an observer to the investigation.
In early 2015, their findings were turned over to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.
Lord’s death was ruled non-culpable homicide – loosely translated, the officer’s actions were justified.
In addition to establishing who died, when and where the individual died, the medical cause of death and the manner of death, the coroner’s jury may make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future.
Coroner Alma Wiebe of Saskatoon will preside at the inquest.