MONTREAL - The public inquiry into a police shooting that left a Montreal teenager dead and ignited a night of rioting has been postponed indefinitely.

The provincial coroner's office says the inquiry into the death of Fredy Villanueva has been delayed because several new parties want to participate in the proceedings.

Hearings into the events surrounding the 18-year-old's death were set to begin Feb. 16.

The postponement comes about a week after Villanueva's family and key witnesses threatened to boycott the inquiry because they believe it is unfair.

Villanueva's family wants the Quebec government to cover the legal fees of two other men wounded by the same volley of police bullets that killed the teenager last August.

Witnesses, who could still face charges in the incident, say they will ignore their subpoenas and skip the proceedings if Quebec refuses to foot the bill.

Last summer's shooting set off a night of rioting and looting in a tough neighbourhood in Montreal's north end.