The mother of a Métis man fatally shot by Regina police accused officers at an inquest Tuesday of escalating the situation that led to his death in 2019 — and the officer who shot the man offered his apology to the family, but maintained he had no choice.
For over two years, the family of Geoffrey Morris have been looking for answers surrounding his death and have questioned the lethal force used by police, and the service's policies around policing Indigenous people.
Over the first two days of testimony at a coroner's inquest into his death, which is scheduled for five days, the five-member jury heard from several police officers, including the officer who fatally shot Morris, a forensic specialist, negotiators and a toxicologist.
Morris, a 41-year-old father, was fatally shot by police in his own apartment on the morning of May 4, 2019, the inquest jury heard — the first time in nearly 20 years an on-duty Regina Police Service officer had killed someone.
Const. Devon Lee Sterling shot Morris with a carbine rifle, firing it about six metres aw