Regina Police Service members discharged CEWs commonly known as a taser in the apprehension and arrest of a 45 year-old Regina male who was threatening self-harm with a knife. This advisory is in keeping with the Regina Police Service’s commitment to notify the public each time a CEW is discharged against a person.
At approximately 21:50 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2015, police were dispatched to a residence in the 0-99 block of Cavendish Street for a report of a male who was threatening self-harm. Officers arrived and located the 45 year old male in the basement of the address threatening self-harm with a knife. The 45 year old male attempted to harm himself with the knife at which time officers deployed CEWs. They were able to gain control of the male and took him into custody. EMS transported the 45 year old male to the hospital for assessment, as per policy after a CEW discharge.
The male is not facing any charges at this time. The male was unharmed during the incident and was not injured as a result of the CEW deployment. 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 – an oversight body independent of the Regina Police Service.