Police in 2008 'suicide by cop' were 'lawful and reasonable,' inquiry finds
Calgary judge makes no recommendations for preventing similar deaths, but endorses ideas for extra training
A fatality report released on Wednesday recommends more police training for dealing with so-called “suicide by cop” situations.
Maragan, 35, was later shot to death by police after refusing to drop his knife and calling for the officers to "come and get him."
Provincial court Judge Judith Shriar concluded the police officers acted lawfully and reasonably. She made no recommendations for preventing deaths similar to Rizig’s.
However, Shriar said Calgary Police Service's Insp. Christopher Butler — who conducted an independent review of the incident — “made a number of thoughtful and constructive recommendations regarding situations like that created by Mr. Maragan."
Shriar accepted Butler's suggestion that officers should get training in management strategies and identifying pre-incident indicators.
Steps should also be made to ensure dispatch provide information to police heading to the scene to ensure they know what they are walking into.
Finally, Shriar said officials should look into giving police officers easier access to social and mental health information.