A high-profile Mountie who was a spokesman for the force following the Taser death of Robert Dziekanski was found dead in his Abbotsford home last week. RCMP Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre was found dead Monday. He was 55.
B.C. Coroners Service spokeswoman Barb McLintock confirmed her office is looking into the death, but said it's too early to reveal any details.
Senior RCMP media relations officer Sgt. Rob Vermeulen declined to comment on Lemaitre's death, "out of respect for Pierre and his family's privacy."
Lemaitre was a spokesperson for the Langley RCMP from 1998 to 1999, before moving on to do similar work at other detachments around the Lower Mainland, and then regionally.
On Oct. 14, 2007, four officers were dispatched to the Vancouver airport for reports of a passenger causing a disturbance. The passenger, Dziekanski, died after being tasered by police.
Lemaitre became the RCMP spokesman on the incident that day and in the weeks that followed. Much of the initial information released by the RCMP was found to be inaccurate after a video of the incident surfaced, and Lemaitre and the force came under criticism.
Lemaitre testified in 2009 at the Braidwood inquiry probing the Polish immigrant's death and the police response.
Const. Bill Bentley was one of the four Mounties who attended to Dziekanski at the airport, and had been charged with perjury for his testimony during the inquiry. Bentley was found not guilty of the charge Monday - the day Lemaitre was found dead.
-Stephanie Ip is a reporter with the Vancouver Province.
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