A 27 year-old male is facing a number of charges, including Attempted Murder, as the result of an investigation into an RCMP officer-involved non-fatal shooting incident in the Turtleford District on September 24, 2019. Justin Davis YAKIMCHUK was unlawfully at large for breach of his Statutory release at the time of his alleged involvement in this incident. This investigation is being carried out by members of the Regina Police Service at the request of the Saskatchewan RCMP and in accordance with the requirements of the RCMP Act. At the request of the RCMP, an independent observer has also been appointed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.
The series of events that lead to the police encounter with Justin YAKIMCHUK started with citizens reporting a suspect vehicle, driving in a dangerous manner, in the Loon Lake, Meadow Lake, Glaslyn, St. Walberg and Mervin areas. We would like to thank those citizens for reporting the dangerous driving actions. RCMP were able to disable the vehicle, and located it near Mervin SK. In the events that followed, an RCMP member sustained a gunshot wound. The officer who was shot during this incident has been medically treated and is recovering in stable condition.
The Regina Police Service is continuing to conduct the investigation into this matter, with oversight provided by an independent observer, appointed by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. The investigation by the Regina Police led to several charges.
Twenty-seven year-old Justin Davis YAKIMCHUK, of no fixed address, is charged with:
– Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle [249(1)(a) CC];
– Attempt Murder, Using a Firearm (239(1)(a.1) CC];
– 2 x Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition [95(1)(a) CC];
– Flight From Peace Officer [320.17 CC];
– Obstruct Peace Officer [129(a) CC];
– Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in Motor Vehicle [94(1) CC];
– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime under $5,000 [354 CC];
– 2 x Possession of a Scheduled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking [5(2) CDSA]; and
– 3 x Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order [117.01(1) CC].
Regina Police Service members arrested YAKIMCHUK from the Saskatchewan Penitentiary in Prince Albert, on October 15, 2019. YAKIMCHUK will make his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court, in Prince Albert, at 9:30 a.m. on October 16, 2019.