B.C. inquest hears man approved for firearms licence despite trouble with police
BURNABY, B.C. - A British Columbia coroner's inquest has heard that Angus Mitchell was arrested under the Mental Health Act when he walked into a doctors office in 2012 with his rifle.
B.C.'s Chief Firearms Officer Terry Hamilton testified that two months later his rifle was returned based on police advice, and a month after that he used the weapon to kill two people in Burnaby, B.C., and injure another man.
Hamilton told the inquest into the Mitchell's death that the man was granted a firearms licence despite a history of police encounters.
She testified that a background check showed police complaints had been lodged against Mitchell for uttering threats and arguing with a tenant, but her office approved the 2011 application for a rifle because the man was never charged.
Mitchell was surrounded and shot by police in Maple Ridge, B.C., in May 2012 hours after police issued a public warning that the 26-year-old man was suspected in the three shootings.
After Mitchell's death, Mounties revealed that the man had a hit list that included two schools, a group home, a coffee house and a gym.