As per a previous media release, the Regina Police Service was asking for information from the public that would assist in an investigation into a weapons offence that occurred at approximately 4:00 p.m. on September 8th, 2019, in the area of 3500 block Dewdney Avenue in Regina.
On Sunday September 8th, 2019, at approximately 4:00 p.m., it was reported to police that in the 3500 block Dewdney Avenue a male suspect drove into the area and unloaded a garden tractor from his truck. The suspect wanted the 33 year-old male victim to buy the tractor. The victim refused and the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim. The victim walked away from the suspect without incident. The suspect was not known to the victim. The victim was not physically injured as a result of the incident.
The suspect was described as Indigenous, male, 5’10”, short brown hair, and wearing dark sunglasses and a vest.
The suspect vehicle was described as a 2004-2010, blue, Ford F150 truck with no a tailgate. The truck also had a broken passenger tailgate and a dent on the passenger side of the box.
On Monday September 9, 2019 the above described vehicle was observed by a patrol member in the North Central area. The lone male occupant of the vehicle attempted to avoid apprehension by abandoning the vehicle in an alley near the 1400 block of Wascana St. and fled on foot. Police pursued the subject on foot and eventually apprehended the male in the immediate area. A CEW, commonly known as a Taser, was used to apprehend the subject, and take him safely into custody. The male was assessed at the scene by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and was then transported to cells. The male did not suffer any physical injuries. 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.
Thirty-four-year old Harold Joseph HANSON of Regina is charged with;
- Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime [CC 96(1)]
- Possession of a Weapon [CC 88]
- Possession of a Firearm contrary to a Prohibition Order [CC 117.01(1)]
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000 [CC 355(a)]
- Fail to Comply with Probation Order [CC 733.1(1)]
- Resist Arrest [CC 129(a)]
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5000 [CC 355(b)]
- Failure to Stop After Accident [CC 320.16(1)]
HANSON makes his first appearance in court on these charges today, Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom #2 1815 Smith Street, Regina, Sask.
The investigation into the initial incident is still continuing.
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.
Anyone who has information that could assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). The Regina Police Service thanks the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.