A Regina Police Service member discharged a CEW, commonly known as a taser, in the apprehension and arrest of a 26 year-old Regina male on Friday, September 19, 2014. This advisory is in keeping with the Regina Police Service’s commitment to notify the public each time a CEW, or Conducted Energy Weapon, is discharged against a person.
Last night, at approximately 8:27 p.m., two members of the Regina Police Service conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1100 block of Robinson Street. The driver, a 26 year-old male, was found to be in breach of his court-ordered recognizance. The male suspect fled the vehicle and was pursued on foot by one of the police officers for a distance of about three blocks. During the foot chase, the officer grappled with the suspect three to four times. In the course of these contacts, the officer deployed her CEW as well as OC (pepper spray). At one point, it is alleged the suspect tried to disarm the officer by trying to remove the CEW from her belt and then successfully removing the spare cartridge from the weapon. The male escaped on foot but a Canine member and his dog were able to track the suspect to an alley in the 1100 block of Athol Street where he hiding in a vehicle. The dog made contact with the suspect, who was then taken into custody without further incident. The suspect was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then transported to RPS detention and subsequently charged. The officer was not injured as a result of the altercations.
Twenty-six year-old Dwayne Floyd LAVALLEE, DOB: 1987-10-13, of Regina is charged with Breach of Recognizance [145(3) CC]; Resist a Peace Officer [129(a) CC]; Assault Peace Officer [270(1)(a) CC]; and Disarming a Peace Officer [270(1) CC]. LAVALLEE will make his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on September 22, 2014.
The use of the CEW has been documented as per policy and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Committee, a committee within the Service. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission.