A 27 year-old male will face charges following an incident that occurred at a business in the 2100 block of Albert Street last night (Wednesday, January 28, 2015). A CEW, commonly known as a taser, was discharged in the arrest of this individual. This news release is being issued in keeping with the Regina Police Service’s commitment to report all CEW discharges to the public.
At approximately 8:50 p.m. last night (Wednesday, January 28, 2015), police were dispatched to a business in the 2100 block of Albert Street for a report of a male in the washroom who was exhibiting signs of intoxication by drugs and behaving irrationally. Officers located the male, who had locked himself in a bathroom stall, and attempted to negotiate him out. After repeatedly stating he would not cooperate with police, the suspect opened the stall door, holding a knife to his own neck. He ignored police demands to drop the weapon. One of the officers discharged her CEW and the suspect was taken into custody, without further incident. EMS was requested to the scene as per policy and the suspect was transported to hospital for assessment. Further investigation found the suspect to be in breach of a court-ordered condition of no contact with (not to attend the workplace of) his former partner. The male has been medically cleared and criminal charges will follow.
As with all CEW deployments, this event has been documented as per RPS policy. It 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, which is a provincial body, independent of the Regina Police Service.