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February 16, 2012
–Jeffrey Richard Van CaeyzeeleSenior Constable – Calgary Police Service, Alberta Law Enforcement ResponseTeam (ALERT) – 6 months service / 12 years service CPSRichard HoganSergeant, Calgary Police Service, Professional Standards Section / 7 years service;UK Police Services – covert investigations /10 years service
April 16, 2012
–Allan Preston Andrew BrownInvestigator, Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) - 4 years service /Calgary Police Service / 29 years service
This Inquiry also received a letter from the deceased’s brother, Monty Vanhouwe, whodeclined to testify, raising two issues he sought to have addressed as follows:(i)
recommendations respecting such counseling as may have assisted hisbrother; and(ii)
recommendations on searches and seizures in the deceased’s premises asmay have disclosed his illegal possession of weapons and ensured theirremoval.
SUMMARY OF WITNESSES’ TESTIMONY
On May 23
, 2009, Devin Gillingham and his roommates, Kale Kluthe and Kyle Tanner,were entertaining themselves, friends and co-workers at their residence in south-west Calgary.Approximately 15 to 20 people attended the barbeque in the backyard and on the back deck.
A couple of hours into the barbeque, Melvin Vanhouwe, a neighbour who resided acrossthe street from Mr. Gillingham’s residence, attended, uninvited, with a cooler of beer andbegan drinking and engaging the party guests.
Mr. Vanhouwe appeared to be intoxicated but not extraordinarily so. At some point, asthe evening progressed, a number of the party-goers decided they wanted to go to the casino.Mr. Vanhouwe also wanted to go to the casino and went home, apparently to change. In theinterim, the casino-goers left in their vehicle without Mr. Vanhouwe.
Devin Gillingham remained at the residence and went inside. Upon returning to theback yard, Mr. Vanhouwe discovered that the others had left for the casino without him and hebecame enraged, overturning furniture and a stereo system, all of which was recorded onsecurity cameras located at the home.
Mr. Vanhouwe returned to his house and retrieved a prohibited pistol-grip sawed-off shotgun. He then returned to the residence across the street, knocked on the door and told