No criminal charges in shooting of former Vernon resident

RCMP officers involved in the fatal shooting of a former Vernon resident will not face criminal charges.

RCMP officers involved in the fatal shooting of a former Vernon resident will not face criminal charges.

Investigators with the Vancouver Police Major Crime Section concluded there is no evidence to support charges against any of the officers involved in the May 30, 2012 shooting of Angus David Mitchell in Maple Ridge.

“We will not be forwarding a report to Crown counsel,” stated the Vancouver Police Department in a release.

Vancouver Police were called to handle the investigation into RCMP-involved shooting of Mitchell that happened shortly after noon on May 30, 2012.

Mitchell, who attended high school and played minor sports in Vernon, had been the subject of a public warning by Burnaby RCMP in relation to a pair of recent shootings    in which two people were killed and another wounded.

After the warning, a tip was called to Ridge Meadows RCMP by a citizen saying Mitchell’s van was on an isolated road in Maple Ridge.

The RCMP Lower Mainland district emergency response team immediately attended the scene.

The van and Mitchell were located and shots were fired.

Mitchell was airlifted to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. No RCMP officers were injured and a rifle was seized at the scene.

The rifle was later confirmed as the weapon used in the Burnaby shootings.

The RCMP asked for the review of the incident by Vancouver Police.

“The review of the shooting has been provided to the coroners office for an inquest that will be held allowing for public presentation of evidence to examine the circumstances surrounding this death,” stated Vancouver Police in its release.

The inquest is slated to begin Nov. 5.