Coroner calls inquest into 2 deaths in Burnaby police-involved shooting

Matthew Charles Miles, 47, and Kenneth Robert Hanna, 48, died in 2015

B.C.’s Coroners Service has opened an inquest into the deaths of two men killed in a police-involved shooting in Burnaby in 2015. 

Matthew Charles Miles, 47, and Kenneth Robert Hanna, 48, died in a home in the 3800 block of Frances Street in the city’s northwest. 

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Members of the Burnaby RCMP and other departments responded to a reported shooting and attempted to communicate with Hanna, who refused to cooperate, according to police statements in 2015. 

Officers entered the residence, shots were fired and Hanna sustained multiple gunshot wounds, police said. He died at the scene. 

Miles was found dead inside the home. At the time, police said they believed he was the victim of the initial shooting. 

The Burnaby Coroners’ Court will hear the case on Oct. 28. By law, inquests are mandatory every time someone dies while detained by or in the custody of police. 

A coroner and jury will hear evidence and witnesses in the case to “determine the identity of the deceased and how, where, when and by what means death occurred,” according to a press release from the province. “A jury must not make any finding of legal responsibility or express any conclusion of law.”

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