Forensic investigator jury Chantel Moore considers his death a homicide

The jury in the New Brunswick coroner’s investigation into Chantel Moore’s deadly shooting has ruled his death a homicide.

The 26-year-old Indigenous woman was shot by an Edmundston police officer during a “welfare review” after advancing toward him with a knife on the morning of June 4, 2020.

Moore, a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, had recently moved from Port Alberni, BC, to Edmunston to be closer to his daughter.

Thursday was the last day of the four-day investigation into the shooting.

Screams and moans from the family were heard. Martha Martin, Moore’s mother, is dressed in a black garment that says “no justice, no peace.”

– Nathalie Sturgeon (@nthlstrgn) May 19, 2022

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The investigation was received by a Canadian police expert on Thursday, who said the New Brunswick officer who killed Moore was following police training.

Chris Butler said Thursday in a forensic investigation that Edmundston Police Force Const. Jeremy Son had to use his lethal force when Chantel Moore attacked him with a knife.

Butler says Moore was only five or seven feet away from the officer on the balcony outside his apartment, adding that he had the ability to inflict serious injury or death.

Const. Jeremy Son arrives at forensic investigation into Chantel Moore’s death in Fredericton on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. A Canadian police expert says the New Brunswick police officer who shot dead a 26-year-old Indigenous woman during a welfare review two years ago he was following police training and practices. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Kevin Bissett.

Son told the investigation earlier this week that Moore did not respond to his demands to drop the knife and shot him four times in quick succession.

Butler says Son was left without a way back on the balcony, but says it would only be speculation to suggest that the result would have been different if the officer had been on the stairs.

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The five-member forensic jury will have the opportunity to make recommendations aimed at helping prevent future deaths in similar situations.

Chantel Moore’s photos are shown in the forensic investigation into her death in Fredericton on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The pathologist who performed the autopsy on Chantel Moore says the 26-year-old Indigenous woman died as a result of bullet wounds. CANADIAN PRESS / Kevin Bissett.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 19, 2022.

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