Victoria’s Rhett Mutch was alone in his mother’s house on Dallas Rd. in November of 2014, when Victoria police shot him in the neck. He died from the wound.
Victoria police had been called there by Mutch’s mother, after he had broken into the home (his mother had asked him not come back to live at the house yet – they had experienced a difficult mother/son relationship over many years).
The shooting was the subject of an investigation by the Independent Investigations Office, but they cleared a Victoria Police officer of any criminal wrongdoing in June of 2016. Their report is lengthy. This is from their time-line on the day of his death:
In 2016, Marney Mutch, Rhett’s mother, spoke to CHEK News:
“When they arrived at the door I was blown away there was a SWAT team — absolutely blown away and stunned.,” Mutch says. “If someone is threatening to hurt themselves you don’t come barging in with lethal weapons and point them at them!”
In November, 2016, Marney Mutch filed a wrongful death lawsuit against nine unnamed police officers. The civil claim argued that the actions of the officers were negligent and in violation of use-of-force law. That case has not yet been heard.
Today, the BC Coroner’s Office announced that they will hold a coroner’s inquest into the circumstances of the death. It will take place in Victoria, commencing next month, on May 15th.