An armed teenager shot dead by police was lawfully killed, an inquest jury ruled yesterday.
Antonio Duncanson was shot after he refused to surrender to police who were pursuing him.
A coroner’s jury was convened to inquire into the circumstances surrounding Duncanson’s death on October 15, 2013.
According to the evidence, Duncanson, 18, chambered his weapon and turned as if to fire, before Sergeant Antoine Hamilton shot him.
In her summation to the five-member jury, Deputy Coroner Carolyn Vogt-Evans said there was evidence to suggest that the victim had an opportunity to stop and allow the officer to arrest him.
She said, “If you decide Officer Hamilton was justified in the use of force, you are to return a verdict of lawful killing.”
After deliberating for a little over an hour, the jury returned a unanimous verdict.
Following the verdict, Vogt-Evans addressed Hamilton and Duncanson’s grandmother, Theresa Duncanson.
To the officer, she said: “I hope the proceedings have not dampened your spirit. As part of the system, we need to have checks and balances to maintain law and order.”
Speaking to the family, Vogt-Evans told them that they had a right to have their questions answered.
She said, “I feel sorry for your loss, but each of us have a role to play.”
Hamilton and Ms. Duncanson embraced before leaving court.