The Regina Police Service, in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner, is conducting a death investigation into the death of a 34 year-old male, earlier this week. The Regina Police Service has also taken the step of requesting independent oversight of this investigation in light of the fact that the decedent was briefly in the care and custody of police.
On January 16, 2018, at approximately 6:30 a.m., police were dispatched in an “Assist Other Emergency Responder” call to a residence in a south Regina neighbourhood (Pasqua Street). It was reported that a male at that address was in medical distress. EMS was also dispatched but police officers arrived at the scene first and went directly into the residence. Police located a 34 year-old male who was in distress. Both Police and EMS rendered emergency first-aid treatment to the male and he was transported to hospital but he was pronounced deceased at hospital. Because police officers were present and briefly assumed care and control of the male, the Regina Police Service has asked the Ministry of Justice to appoint an independent observer to its investigation.
The death investigation will be carried out in conjunction with the Office of the Chief Coroner. The oversight and review will be provided by the appointee of the Ministry of Justice.