Coroner’s inquiry into Sûreté du Québec’s officer death begins 

By The Canadian Press

A coroner’s public hearing is set to open into the deaths of Sûreté du Québec sergeant Maureen Breau and her assailant who was killed by fellow officers.

She died in the line of duty March 27, 2023 after being stabbed while trying to make an arrest in Louiseville, about 100 kilometres northeast of Montreal. Her partner was also injured in the attack.

Isaac Brouillard Lessard, the man accused of killing her, was shot, and killed by police. He had a history of mental health issues, having been found not criminally responsible at least five times for past offenses.

The public inquiry will take place in Trois-Rivières, and will be presided over by coroner Géhane Kamel.

Public Security Minister François Bonnardel called for a public inquiry to seek recommendations that would improve how officers respond in the future.

In January, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions announced that after analyzing evidence collected by Quebec’s police watchdog, the BEI, they concluded that no criminal charges would be laid against the officers for the killing of Brouillard Lessard.

This report by La Presse Canadienne was translated by CityNews.

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