The Regina Police Service is investigating a weapons complaint and has emergency services teams on scene at a house in the 400 block of Edward Street. Members of the Crisis Negotiators and Special Weapons and Tactics teams are at the scene, in addition to Canine, Patrol and a mobile command centre.
This incident began at approximately 4:17 a.m. today, Sunday, July 21, 2013, when police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a firearms incident. The male complainant indicated he’d had a gun pointed at him and he was threatened by two other males. The incident happened at a house in the 400 block of Edward Street. The male was able to escape and call police. Patrol members responded and established a safety perimeter. It was determined that there were eight people inside the house. By 9:00 a.m., police had convinced four males to exit the house. These individuals were taken into custody without further incident. Shortly after 9:15 a.m., there was a request for the additional resources of the Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT.
At this time, police are continuing their attempts to negotiate the remaining four people out of the house. Traffic is flowing on 1st Avenue North, but the 400 block of Edward Street is blocked, as is the west alley of Edward Street. Local traffic on 2nd Avenue North is unhampered. Police are asking the public to avoid the area until this incident is resolved.
The public is also reminded that, in any tactical call (SWAT/Negotiators), the goal is to achieve an outcome that protects the lives and safety of all involved: the police, the public and even the suspects themselves. There are no other details for release at this time; however, there will be updates as new information becomes available.