On Tuesday, February 21st, 2017, a Regina Police Service member discharged a CEW, commonly known as a Taser, in an arrest. 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.
On February 21, 2017, at approximately 9:46 p.m., police were dispatched to a residence on the 2100 block of Lorne Street for the report of break and enter in progress. When police arrived, they determined through investigation a domestic dispute was in progress and the incident was continuing at a residence in the 2000 block of Hamilton Street. A 41 year old woman was being unlawfully confined by a 22 year-old man, who had barricaded the entrance to the residence as well as a room in the residence. The woman was able to free herself from the room. In spite of attempted negotiation by officers, the man positioned a bladed weapon to his neck; prompting police to deploy the CEW. The male dropped the weapon, and police safely took the male into custody and transported him to hospital.
Charges are pending against the male and the investigation is ongoing.
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 – an oversight body independent of the Regina Police Service.