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'I'll Never Call The Cops Again,' Widow Tells Inquest

03/26/2012 09:57 EDT | Updated 05/26/2012 05:12 EDT
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A coroner's inquest in Burnaby, B.C., has heard the recording of the panicked 911 call Heather Hannon made after her common-law husband locked her out of their townhouse following a drunken argument on a fateful night in August of 2010.

The call brought police to the house where they shot and killed Alvin Wright, then 22, after a confrontation in the couple's upstairs bedroom.

Hannon told the inquest that she, Wright, his brother and a friend were already drunk when they decided to go to a Cloverdale strip bar for more drinks. When the time came to leave, Alvin wanted to drive home and became angry when Hannon refused and then left without him.

When he got home, he kicked her out of the house and she called police.

On the 911 recording played at the inquest on Monday, a man could be heard swearing.

Heather Hannon told the dispatcher: "I've never seen him like this."

The dispatcher asked her: "Can you get out of the house?"

Hannon replied: "Please come, now."

According to police testimony given in the course of a B.C. police complaints commission investigation, police arrived to find Wright upstairs, hiding in a closet, armed with a hatchet and hunting knife.

Police said they shot Wright when he failed to respond to their warnings, and advanced on them.

When Hannon was asked if she expected police to shoot Alvin when she called them, she broke down in tears.

She said: "I'll never call the cops again, for anything."

Notes from special meeting requested

A 2011 Vancouver police investigation into the incident cleared the officer who shot and killed Wright.

But lawyer Don Sorochan, who is representing Hannon in a lawsuit she launched against the RCMP, asked that the Langley detachment superintendent be compelled to testify at the coroner's inquest.

Sorochan said he wants to know why police held a special meeting called by the detachment superintendent the morning after the shooting. He said he wants the notes from that meeting made available.

Sorochan also wants the police force to explain why Hannon was held without charge for RCMP questioning, and why her cell phone was confiscated.