The man shot dead by a police officer as he was about to stab his wife last year in Joliette was probably in a psychotic delirium and intoxicated with cannabis, according to the coroner’s inquest.
” I do not think that [les faits] be the manifestation of conjugal violence, but rather the violent outlet in a domestic context of a person in toxic psychosis”, wrote Mand Alain Manseau in his report concerning the death of Jude Ludovic Christopher Cesar.
The 31-year-old man was killed in the apartment where he had moved shortly before, rue Albert-Beaulieu in Joliette, Lanaudière, on March 16.
That day, Cesar attacked his wife violently. He punched her in the body and face, and dragged her by the hair, the document reads.
Despite everything, the young woman managed to call her aunt on her cell phone.
During that video call, the caller was able to see her niece’s bloodied face and dialed 911, according to the report.
Around 2:50 p.m., two officers from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) arrived on the scene and heard cries of distress.
The police broke down the door and saw Cesar squatting on his wife. He was pointing a knife at her abdomen.
A deadly shot
As Cesar did not comply when the patrol officers ordered him to drop his weapon, a police officer fired two bullets in his direction.
A single projectile hit the assailant in the chest, but it proved fatal.
According to the young woman, who was slashed in the face and on her limbs, Cesar and she were a “loving” couple and had no history of bickering, the coroner’s report said.
A level of 1.3 ng/mL of cannabis was detected in Cesar’s blood during a toxicological analysis.
It had also been a week since the 30-year-old, who had no history of mental disorder, had been making disturbing remarks, his wife reported to the authorities. The man from Mauritius would have entrusted him with hearing God.
The entity would have denounced to him the presence of demons in the body of the young woman.
He wanted to exorcise his spouse
Cesar would therefore have told his wife that he had to exorcise her so that the demons would come out of her body and her soul.
A bloodstained crucifix was also found in the hallway of the accommodation, corroborating this version of the facts.
According to the coroner, the Olymel employee was the victim of a toxic psychotic delirium at the time of the tragedy.
Furthermore, M.and Manseau also came to the defense of the SQ police officer who opened fire, in a situation of “extreme urgency”.
“To attempt to blame police action for one in two fatal shots would be to disregard the reaction time required in the use of a firearm in a high emergency situation,” he wrote.
He does not believe that Cesar died “as a result of negligent or reckless use of a firearm by a police officer on duty”. Rather, he believes that if Cesar had dropped the knife, “he would probably still be alive.”
The Bureau of Independent Investigations (BEI) took charge of the investigation. No charges have been filed against the officer who fired.