A coroner's inquest begins Monday into the RCMP shooting death of a 48-year-old white supremacist from Nanaimo, B.C.

Jeffrey Hughes was killed in October 2009 after a confrontation with Mounties responding to a noise complaint at his Selby Street apartment.

Few details of the incident have been made public. Officers said Hughes appeared to be armed, but investigators have not confirmed he was carrying a weapon.

The number of shots fired at Hughes has also not been confirmed.

Coroner Marj Paonessa will be presiding over the inquest, which cannot determine legal liability in the shooting but may result in recommendations aimed at preventing similar outcomes in the future.

Hughes was a member of the Northwest Front white supremacist group, which has labeled him a martyr and repeatedly questioned police accounts of the shooting.

The Victoria Police Department concluded an investigation into the death in May, declaring it would not be recommending charges in the incident.

A release from the department said dozens of witness interviews and a detailed forensic examination of the shooting scene revealed "no basis" for charges.

The inquest is scheduled to run until Friday.