After hearing from more than 20 witnesses over two weeks, the evidence is complete at the coroner’s inquest examining the death of Steve Mesic.
Lawyers for all parties, including the Mesic family, the two police officers who shot and killed the 45 year old, St. Joseph’s Hospital and an organization representing mental health survivors, will make their final statements on Monday.
Jurors will then be asked to consider recommendations to prevent future deaths under similar circumstances.
Family lawyer Carr Hatch looks forward to those recommendations and their potential to “improve society”, but he also stresses that “inconsistencies” within the testimony of the officers are standing in the way of “closure”.
Mesic walked away from voluntary psychiatric care at St. Joseph’s Hospital last June.7th, then walked into traffic on the Jolley Cut and the LINC, before he was shot and killed by two officers while wielding a shovel outside of his mountain townhouse.
The former National Steelcar worker was a father-to-be, and his fiancee’ Sharon Dorr has since given birth to their infant son. She has been in the courtroom for much of the inquest.