There will be no charge against a Vancouver police officer who shot animator Paul Boyd, 39, eight times on the street, killing him, on the night of August 13, 2007.
Extensive investigations have led to no evidence suggesting that Const. Lee Chipperfield used unnecessary or excessive force in handling the incident, Police Complaint Commissioner Stan Lowe said Monday.
Boyd, an animator with Global Mechanic, died from gunshot wounds, including a bullet to the head. Boyd, who had suffered from bipolar disorder for two decades and had been severely depressed, allegedly attacked police with a bicycle chain. He was shot after a struggle with officers.
A director of Ed, Edd n’ Eddy, he was the animator behind the intro sequence on the series. He was a director of The Mr. Hell Show, and provided animation for Gary Larson’s Tales From the Far Side and Mucha Lucha!
Boyd had taught first-semester classical animation for the computer-generated animation course at the Vancouver Film School. He was also director of animation and — with Matthew Charde — co-executive producer of “Eat and Move,” two hand-drawn Flash-animated television PSAs for the Province of Alberta.
Chipperfield was one of several officers who answered a 911 call about a man’s strange behavior. He fired several shots at Boyd.
In 2010, a coroner’s inquest in 2010 heard that Chipperfield fired the final shot, which hit Boyd’s head — even after his partner told him to hold fire and disarmed the animator. Chipperfield testified that he thought Boyd remained armed.
Chipperfield said that said he fired a shot at Boyd’s head when he saw no blood from previous shots and thought that the animator had body armor on.
Boyd’s father has alleged that his son was on his hands and knees when he was shot.
British Columbia Civil Liberties Association executive director David Eby wonders why it took five years for the case to conclude. He also queried the use by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner of a psychologist who stated in a report that Chipperfield’s emotional reaction to the events and a restricted focus made him “inattentionally” blind.
Said Eby: “The only result of this five-year-long investigation is ever more tortured explanations for an officer’s actions in shooting a disarmed and badly injured man in the head.”