An adult male and adult female are in police custody following an Emergency Services call-out, and hours of attempted negotiation with barricaded suspects in a Regina neighbourhood on Monday, October 23, 2017.
This incident began with a police investigation into suspected property offences that led to a house in the 1100 block of Elphinstone Street at about 6:00 a.m. today (October 23, 2017). After 10:00 a.m., an unknown person discharged a firearm out of one of the windows of the house in the direction of police members. Fortunately, there were no injuries. The police officers retreated to safety, secured a safety perimeter around the residence and requested additional resources. Canine, Special Weapons and Tactics, and Crisis Negotiation members were authorized and joined patrol members at the scene. What followed was a lengthy stand-off, with the occupants of the house refusing to come out and be taken into custody. The goal of the operation was to safely arrest the occupants of the house and secure any weapons. Members of the Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) who can operate the robot across spaces when it is not safe for a person to do so, were also deployed to assist in attempts to negotiate with the suspects. Just before 9:00 p.m., a male and female suspect emerged from the house and were safely taken into custody. Members of the SWAT team proceeded to clear the house to search for any other suspects. A search for evidence will take place once the house is clear and a warrant has been obtained.
There are no further details at this time. Investigators will now determine what role the suspects played in today’s events. Information about suspects, charges and court appearances will be shared, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Anyone with information that could assist police are asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your local law enforcement agency, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477