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Inquest to determine nature of Maltar death

James Maltar was fatally shot in the head with a police officer’s gunfour years ago, but it is still unclear who pulled the trigger.

James Maltar was fatally shot in the head with a police officer’s gun four years ago, but it is still unclear who pulled the trigger.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit, which probes all cases of serious injury or death involving police, concluded Maltar killed himself in a Port Credit police detachment.

The 45-year-old’s family had serious doubts about the ruling after reviewing the physical evidence. They took their concerns to the Ombudsman’s office, which would go on launch a sweeping review of the civilian agency. “But still we don’t have answers,” said Rob Maltar, the victim’s brother.

A coroner’s inquest into the events of September 18, 2005 began at a downtown hearing room yesterday. A major question the jury is being asked whether Maltar’s death should be classified as a suicide or a homicide.

 
 
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