The Regina Police Service has begun an investigation into an incident that led to an officer’s discharge of firearm and the hospitalization of a 24 year-old male suspect.
The incident began at approximately 5 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, when Regina Police Service members were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the east alley of the 700 block McTavish Street. Two Regina Police Service members were the first to arrive on scene. The events that followed are the subject of investigation, but the actions of the police included discharge of a police sidearm at about 5:10 a.m., wounding the 24 year-old suspect. The suspect was taken to hospital and is reported to be in stable condition. One of the officers sustained injuries and is being treated in hospital.
The process of investigation into this event includes members of the Major Crimes and Forensic Identification units. The scene of this incident will be held until investigators are satisfied that they have gathered all potential evidence. Other investigators are gathering statements from all officers involved and any potential witnesses, as well as any other information pertinent to this event. Shortly after the incident, the Ministry of Justice was notified pursuant to The Police Act, 1990, Section 91.1(1). As per The Police Act, 1990, an independent observer will be appointed by the Ministry of Justice. Chief Troy Hagen will be available for media interview today, details to follow.