At approximately 1:51 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th, 2015, police were dispatched to a park in the 900 block of Broder Street for a suspicious vehicle call for service. The investigation led officers to a secluded section of the park where they observed a parked van. The officers, after approaching the van, encountered a 50 year old male who was uncooperative with officers. The male refused to comply with police demands to show his hands and exit the vehicle. The male continued to aggressively ignore police commands and reached into the back seat of his car in an attempt to grab an object. An officer present deployed and discharged a CEW, also commonly referred to as a taser. The officers located an axe and a hammer in close proximity to the area for which the male was reaching. The officers were able to take the male into custody and get him into the care of EMS from whom he received treatment. The male was unharmed and not injured as a result of the CEW deployment.
Police are not releasing the male’s name at this time as this matter is still under investigation; however, police have laid charges of impaired driving and anticipate more charges once the investigation is complete.
The use of the CEW has been documented as per policy and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Committee – a committee with the Service. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission, which is an independent body providing oversight to municipal policing in this province.