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Jermaine Carby inquest hears Peel police officer say he had no choice but to shoot

The Peel police officer who fatally shot Jermaine Carby in 2014 told a coroner's inquest Friday that he would change nothing about how he handled the confrontation.

'I have to live with this every single day of my life,' Const. Ryan Reid testified Friday

Jermaine Carby, 33, was shot three times in September 2014 by Peel Regional Police in Brampton when police say a routine traffic stop escalated into a heated encounter involving a knife. (Courtesy of La Tanya Grant)

The Peel police officer who fatally shot Jermaine Carby in 2014 told a coroner's inquest Friday that he would change nothing about how he handled the confrontation.

Const. Ryan Reid shot Carby three times in September 2014 when police say a routine traffic stop in Brampton escalated into a heated encounter involving a knife. 

"I would not do anything differently," Reid told the inquest Friday.

Reid testified that his partner had told him there was a warrant out for Carby's arrest and he had previously attempted "suicide by police." It was revealed Thursday that Carby had sought treatment for depression days before his death. 

Police previously testified that the incident escalated when officers asked the 33-year-old for his name and identification and found outstanding warrants for his arrest in British Columbia. 

Reid said that's when Carby became agitated, pulled a knife from the waistband of his pants and shouted: "Shoot me, shoot me." A video displayed in court showed police saying: "Drop the knife, drop the knife," before shots were fired.

Reid demonstrated for those in the courtroom how Carby stood when confronting police.

The last thing I wanted to do was kill Mr.  Carby .- Const . Ryan Reid, Peel Regional Police

"I have to live with this every single day of my life," he told the inquest, adding he was convinced he and his partner's lives were at risk. 

Reid testified he was left with no other choice but to fire his weapon and would repeat his actions under the same circumstances.
Const. Ryan Reid testified Friday that he was left with no other choice but to fire his weapon in September 2014 and would repeat his actions under the same circumstances. (CBC)

'I wanted to stop the threat'

In other inquests into police shootings, it has been revealed that police officers are trained to use lethal force when facing a threat. 

"The last thing I wanted to do was kill Mr. Carby," the constable said. "I wanted to stop the threat."

Outside the Brampton courthouse, Carby's mother expressed frustration with what she heard Friday. 

"Even a dog or a cat, you don't kill like that," she told reporters. "How are you going to say that you would have not changed anything?"

The Special Investigations Unit cleared the officers involved in the shooting of any wrongdoing in July 2015. 

The inquest will continue with testimony from forensic experts to reveal more details on Carby's wounds and evidence related to the knife. 

With files from Philip Lee-Shanok

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