The Regina Police Service is advising the public of the discharge of a Conducted Energy Weapon, or CEW, commonly known as a taser, on August 14, 2019, in the arrest of a 30 year-old Regina male, who engaged in a physical struggle with police. 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.
At approximately 19:45, on August 14, 2019 police located a stolen vehicle in the area of the 900 block of Robinson Street. When officers arrived the suspect who was initially outside of the vehicle entered the vehicle and attempted to drive away. Officers attempted to gain control of the suspect inside of the stolen vehicle. After CEW deployment the suspect was able to put the vehicle in motion. The vehicle struck a tree as officer continued attempts to restrain the suspect. The suspect was taken in to custody. The suspect was assessed by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and was transported to detention. Investigation into this incident 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 – a provincial oversight body, independent of the Regina Police Service.