B.C. Coroner issues statement over death of Stanley Cup rioter

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More details have been released by the B.C. Coroners Service over the death of William Fisher, the Stanley Cup rioter who died last month on the day he was scheduled to begin his three-year sentence in Pacific Institution, a federal prison in Abbotsford.

There were plans to transport him from North Fraser Pre-Trial to the prison on February 22. But during the early morning hours, he went into medical distress at the pre-trial facility and was sent to New Westminster’s Royal Columbian Hospital. Fisher died in hospital three days later on February 25.

A spokesperson for the Coroner’s office told Vancity Buzz that the investigation, in conjunction with RCMP and both provincial and federal corrections officials, over Fisher’s death continues. Given the circumstances of the incident, the investigation may also evolve into an inquest.

Fisher was sentenced on February 19 for a number of charges, including taking part in the riot, disguising his face with the intent to commit an indictable offence, mischief, assault, aggravated assault and break and enter, failure to remain at the scene of an accident, and breach of recognizance.

The court says he assaulted two people: a good samaritan who tried to prevent looters from entering a Budget Car rental location and another man outside Hudson’s Bay.

He received the stiffest sentence of all the Stanley Cup rioters.

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