BC RCMP shooting: Heather Hannon, Wife Of Shooting Victim Jeffrey Wright, Files Civil Suit Against Police

First Posted: 08/02/11 07:43 PM ET Updated: 10/02/11 06:12 AM ET

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VANCOUVER - A B.C. woman whose husband was shot dead by a veteren Mountie in a Langley apartment one year ago has filed a civil suit against the force.

Twenty-two-year-old Jeffrey Wright died hours after being shot in the stomach on Aug. 6 when RCMP officers entered his family's home on reports of a domestic disturbance.

Wright's wife, Heather Hannon, alleges the couple had a verbal argument but there was no assault or threats of violence.

Hannon says she phoned 911 because she couldn't get into their home to get keys and baby supplies for their infant, who was being cared for by a babysitter.

In the suit she seeks financial damages, claiming not only the "wrongful death" of her husband but that after the shooting, she was held by police against her will and told the man was dead in an "unsympathetic and patronizing manner."

The Vancouver Police Department was appointed as the outside agency to investigate the matter, and has told Hannon's lawyers its report will be complete sometime in September.

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