Bingo. It goes without saying the mental health system in the US badly needs an overhaul...even the halfway competent psychs are the pharmaceutical companies' bitches...and what they prescribe to these younger kids more often than not causes a hell of a lot more issues via side effects than they treat. You want to know the honest truth of what could actually be a root cause in a lot of these incidents...it's not social media...it's the swiss cheese mental health system in this country.
It is not just the US.
Remember a couple of months back when Angus David Mitchell put together a kill list and was gunning down people in Burnaby with his rifle. The same rifle that had been seized by the Victoria Police several months earlier when he was detained under the Mental Health Act but was returned to him. The police had also investigated him twice on other threats before the killings.
The BC Coroners Service announced Monday it will hold a public inquest into the death of suspected double murderer Angus David Mitchell, shot and killed by RCMP in Maple Ridge after a manhunt last month.
The 26-year-old died in hospital on May 30, 2012, following a bullet exchange with members of the RCMP’s Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.
The BC Coroners Service is mandated to hold an inquest into the death of anyone who dies while detained by or in the custody of a peace officer.
“We took that fairly broadly,” coroner and spokeswoman Barbara McLintock said. “For practical purposes, he was detained — although for technical legal purposes, he hadn’t quite been yet.
“But this guy wasn’t going to get out of there without being arrested; they made that pretty clear.”
Mitchell — wanted in the shooting of his former landlord in Burnaby and a person of interest in the double homicide in a Burnaby sushi restaurant — was taken down just hours after Mounties issued an urgent public warning he was on the loose, armed and dangerous.
After a Maple Ridge resident called 911 to report Mitchell’s vehicle on the side of a rural road, police quickly surrounded the van with a tactical team, dogs and a helicopter. Attempts to get Mitchell to surrender were futile and the showdown ended in a hail of bullets fired by both police and Mitchell, who was struck and killed. No police were injured.
Questions have been raised over whether law enforcement officials — after three separate complaints against Mitchell — could have prevented his murderous rampage and ultimate death.
In September, Vancouver police arrested the former security guard after a tenant called 911 to an east-end home for a “breach of peace” complaint. A knife was reportedly seized, but no charges were laid.
In November, a Victoria security company also complained to police about Mitchell, who allegedly threatened his boss after being fired. According to a source, that same day, the firm also called the solicitor general’s office to report the incident, and urged the department to revoke Mitchell’s provincial licence as a security guard.
In February, Mitchell brought a rifle to a Saanich medical clinic. He was arrested under the Mental Health Act, and the gun was seized by Victoria police but returned a few weeks later.
“It’s pretty obvious there were issues. There were issues raised about the weapon and what the rules were in terms of when he got it back,” McLintock said.
Vancouver police are conducting an external review of the shooting and the circumstances leading up to it. The inquest date will largely depend on how quickly that’s completed.
Mitchell allegedly shot and killed a woman working at the Royal Oak Sushi House in Burnaby, along with the restaurant owner and a bystander May 27. Mitchell’s former landlord was shot and severely wounded two days later.
Police said Mitchell had a hit list with 10 other targets who had at one point had some conflict with him, dating back to 2009.
An inquest is a formal process that allows for public presentation of evidence from subpoenaed witnesses relating to a death.
While the jury can’t make any findings of legal responsibility, it can make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths under similar circumstances in the future.
And more detail on the Victoria incident:
Victoria police seized a firearm from suspected killer Angus Mitchell in February after he was arrested under the Mental Health Act.
Mitchell had taken his gun to a medical clinic in Saanich and made veiled threats.
He was released with no charges. Police returned the gun to him several weeks later without anyone making an application to court to have his firearms licence revoked.
Mitchell, 26, is believed to have embarked on a murderous rampage in Metro Vancouver this week, killing two people at a Burnaby sushi restaurant, shooting and wounding a former landlord and hunting others with whom he had grievances.
He died in a shootout with RCMP Wednesday in Maple Ridge that is now the subject of a Vancouver police department investigation.
VPD Const. Jana McGuinness confirmed Friday that Victoria police have asked VPD to review how the gun seizure and subsequent return was handled.
"The firearm was seized during a Mental Health Act apprehension. The review by Vancouver police will also examine whether [that] firearm is connected to the recent tragic incidents involving Mr. Mitchell," McGuinness said.
The Vancouver Sun has learned that Victoria police contacted the RCMP's National Weapons Enforcement Support Team to find out the process for applying to revoke Mitchell's gun licence.
Victoria police was told it didn't have enough evidence at the time, but should follow up with interviews of clinic staff members, as well as Mitchell's Victoria neighbours and former co-workers to see if there were grounds to apply to the court to keep the gun.
Police in Victoria have not disclosed what officers did to investigate Mitchell's suitability to get his gun back, but The Sun has confirmed the firearm was returned without the matter being heard in court.
The earlier Victoria incident occurred at the Uptown Medical Clinic in Saanich on Feb. 7 when Mitchell arrived, toting a rifle case, to see his doctor.
He was allowed to go into his appointment, but was told to leave the case in the lobby.
"There was an implied threat rather than a direct threat," Dr. Ian Bridger told the Victoria Times Colonist. "It was felt to be inappropriate."
Mitchell left the clinic and staff called Saanich police. The gunman was arrested under the Mental Health Act by Victoria police and his rifle was seized.
Mitchell, a former security guard, was exhibiting unstable and aggressive behaviour for months before he was killed this week, according to former co-workers and employers.http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz2F9gyyWFa