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No charges in police shooting of white supremacist
The Victoria Police Department has decided not to recommend charges in the shooting death of Jeffery Scott Hughes, a Nanaimo resident killed in a confrontation with Mounties almost two years ago.
Hughes, a member of the Northwest Front white supremacist group, was shot by RCMP officers responding to a noise complaint on Selby St. the morning of October 23, 2009. He died at the scene.
Few details about the incident have been released, including whether Hughes was armed and how many shots were fired.
Victoria Police Sgt. Grant Hamilton issued a release Saturday saying an exhaustive criminal investigation involving dozens of witnesses and a detailed forensic examination of the shooting scene revealed "no basis" for charges.
The matter has been turned over to the coroner's office. An inquest into the shooting is scheduled to begin on July 25.