A 39 year-old Regina male is facing charges, including Attempt Murder, after an assault that developed into a pursuit out of the city and towards Moose Jaw early this morning. A 52 year-old female victim is in hospital receiving treatment for injuries consistent with a severe, extended physical assault.
This incident started at approximately 5:40 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016, when the Regina Police Service Communications Centre received a call of a domestic-related assault in progress in a truck parked near a business in the 400 block of McCarthy Boulevard North. The caller indicated a male was physically assaulting a female in a truck at that location. Responding officers located the truck, travelling eastbound on 7th Avenue North and then south on McCarthy Boulevard. The female victim was observed to be in apparent distress. Officers activated their lights and siren and the truck accelerated away from police. As officers continued to try to stop the vehicle, they observed the driver reaching across the interior cabin striking the victim repeatedly in the head. The victim tried, several times, to exit the moving truck, but she was pulled back inside by the driver. The truck continued through the city, disobeying several traffic signals and eventually made its way out of Regina, via 9th Avenue North, with Regina police in pursuit. During this time, the Communications Centre notified the RCMP and Moose Jaw Police Service of the incident and the direction of travel. The truck reached dangerous speeds as it fled westbound on Dewdney to Highway 730, and then to Highway 642. As the truck slowed to make the turn west from Highway 642 onto Highway #1, a collision occurred involving the truck and marked Regina Police Service cars. The victim was able to jump from the passenger side door as this occurred. Police assisted the female victim, who had sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the severe physical assault. Regina Police discontinued the pursuit and requested EMS for the victim. The truck continued westbound on Highway #1 and was located by Moose Jaw Police Service in the ditch at the junction of Highways 1 and 39. Moose Jaw Police members located the driver and assisted other Regina Police Service members in taking the male into custody. The suspect driver was treated by EMS for self-inflicted injuries. As a result of the investigation into this incident, the suspect is facing criminal charges.
Thirty-nine year-old Aaron Michael MURPHY, DOB: 1977-02-01, of Regina, is facing charges of Attempt Murder [239 CC]; Kidnapping [279(1)(a) CC]; and Evade Police [249.1(1) CC]. MURPHY has been remanded into custody until his court appearance in Provincial Court at 2:00 p.m. on May 5, 2016.
The Regina Police Service expresses its sincere thanks to the member of the public who made the initial report to police, as well as members of the Moose Jaw Police Service and RCMP who assisted on this case.