May 1, 2013 10:22 pm

RCMP cleared in shooting death of Canadian Forces veteran

Greg Matters is shown in this undated family handout photo.

Greg Matters is shown in this undated family handout photo.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Prince George Citizen-Brent Braaten

After a seven month investigation, Prince George RCMP have been cleared of any charges in relation to the fatal shooting of Canadian forces veteran Greg Matters.

40-year-old Matters had some issues, but none his family believes should have resulted in him being shot by police who were cleared this morning:

Matters was a 15 year Canadian Forces Vet who served in Bosnia, service that later left him suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but he had treatment and was recovering.

Police were called to his rural property following a dispute between Matters and his brother.

After a 30 hour stand-off the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team moved in.

15 minutes later, Matters was dead.

He was holding a hatchet at the time, according to the Independent Investigations office.

His family says the officers had ample opportunity to defuse the situation, well before the fatal confrontation.

They say they are extremely disappointed by today’s findings.

Matter’s mom and sister received the Memorial Cross as a tribute to his military service.

They say he was planning to study psychology  so he could help other veterans with PTSD.

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