On Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 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 Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at approximately 11:15 p.m., police attended to the 1400 block of Wascana Street in response to an adult male assaulting and threatening others in a house with a knife. Immediately upon arrival, police encountered the male threatening an adult female with a knife. Police members began to negotiate with him however the male was non-compliant and refused to drop the knife. The police perceived the immediate need for control, due to a high risk of death or serious bodily harm, prompting one officer to deploy the CEW. The male dropped the knife and was safely taken into custody. The male was assessed at the scene by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and was then transported to cells. The female did not suffer any physical injuries. The criminal investigation is continuing at this time.
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.