They did what they could, but that doesn’t change a tragic outcome.
That’s the bottom line from the Victoria Police Department, following a report from the Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner.
Questions were raised after it was revealed Angus Mitchell, a man who shot and killed two people at a Burnaby sushi hut and wounded another person, earlier had his guns seized, but then returned, by Victoria P-D officers.
His gun was taken away when he walked into a doctors office with it.
He went on the killing spree five weeks after getting the guns back.
The department says “…. the tragic outcome of any event cannot be used to define the conduct of police officers from the perspective of hindsight.”
That said, the department did take steps to improve firearms investigation training for all 243 sworn officers.
Mitchell was gunned down in a shootout with RCMP in Maple Ridge in May of 2012