The Regina Police Service authorized emergency services teams in a police investigation this morning in the 2000 block of Ottawa Street. This operation came about as the result of investigation into a number of recent criminal incidents and attempts to locate a male identified as a suspect.
Through investigation it was believed the suspect was at a house in the 2000 block of Ottawa Street. Given the violent nature of the recent incidents, emergency services teams including Crisis Negotiators, Special Weapons and Tactics, and Canine, were utilized. During the course of this operation, police established a safety perimeter around the target house, the border of which were Victoria Avenue, Toronto Street, 13th Avenue and St. John Street. Police made contact with, and were present at, both the Regina General Hospital and nearby Thompson School to ensure the safety of the public at those locations.
Through police presence and negotiation, several occupants of the target house emerged voluntarily and were taken safely into custody. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was located almost immediately by police and taken into custody. A CEW was deployed in the arrest of the suspect. He has been seen by EMS, as per policy, and remains in police custody. There were no other injuries to members of the public or police in connection with this incident.
At this time, investigation is continuing into this incident and the previous incidents involving this same suspect. Charges are pending the outcome of these investigations. The use of the CEW has been documented and is subject to the usual review by the Service’s Use-of-Force Committee. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission – a provincial oversight body, independent of the Regina Police Service.