(CBC News) – An inquest into the death of Harry Haineault, the man shot by an RCMP officer two years ago, has been suspended suddenly.
Coroner Alma Wiebe shut down the inquest in Meadow Lake on Tuesday, a day after it began.
The reason: it was learned that important new evidence had emerged.
Haineault’s brother Walter had video recordings of the shooting that took the life of his 38-year-old brother on Sept. 2, 2008, CBC News has been told.
Wiebe suspended the inquest indefinitely so that lawyers would have time to review the recordings.
During the inquest, the jury heard about the day officers from the RCMP detachment in La Loche went to Walter Haineault’s home on the Clearwater River Dene First Nation with a warrant for Harry Haineault’s arrest.
Haineault ran and Const. Jamie Grant pursued him.
Grant testified Monday the two got into a scuffle when he tried to arrest the man. He said Haineault was choking him and he feared for his life when he fired the fatal shot.
What wasn’t known when the inquest began is that Walter Haineault had four video cameras on his property that may have recorded the incident.
There was no suggestion from anyone at the inquest that the video would contradict the version of events described on Monday.