On Wednesday, August 15, 2018, shortly before 12:20 PM, members of the Regina Police Service Canine Unit were preparing for a canine training session in an open field area in the 5200 block of 14th Avenue. The officers’ noticed a male approaching the training area in a vehicle. As the vehicle came to a stop near the intended training area, a police officer with the Canine Unit began walking toward the male and the nearby vehicle, and two dogs that had been released from the vehicle were roaming around, off-leash. The officer, who was not accompanied by a police dog, approached the male with the intent of asking him to leash his large-breed dogs or relocate them. As this interaction was unfolding, the officer became very concerned as one of the off-leash dogs became suddenly aggressive toward him. This was in open field; escape or retreat for the officer did not appear possible. Once the officer felt that the dog was posing an immediate danger, he withdrew his pistol and shot the dog.
The male quickly retrieved both of his dogs and left the area. Police later located him and the dogs at a Veterinary Clinic.
The Regina Police Service is conducting an investigation into this incident and are in contact with the dog owner. Anytime an officer discharges a firearm, it is a difficult situation. Consistent with our Use of Force Policy on the Discharge of a Firearm, there is a full investigation being conducted. This was launched immediately. Once the investigation is complete, it will be submitted to our Use of Force Board who will review and determine recommendations and next steps. The investigative package is also forwarded to the Saskatchewan Police Commission for review.
It’s important to note that if a public complaint is also received on this incident, the Public Complaints Commission will conduct its own independent investigation into this incident.