Two adult males are facing charges of assault against a 39 year-old female after an incident earlier today (Friday, February 21, 2020) in the 1400 block of Lacon Street. One of the males is also charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon. A Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), sometimes called a taser, was deployed in the arrest of one of the suspects. 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.
At approximately 7:05 a.m., on Friday, February 21, 2020, police were dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Lacon Street for a reported domestic assault. The female resident at that address had been assaulted and a 20 year-old male suspect was taken into custody without incident. A second male suspect, also a resident at that address, was still inside the house. When police approached the front door they were met by the 43 year-old suspect male. He appeared to be very intoxicated and retreated into the kitchen, which was dark. The suspect picked up an object from the counter and rushed toward one of the officers who had followed him. The officer deployed his CEW and the male dropped a long metal object (large knife sharpener). The suspect managed to pull one of the CEW probes out of his chest and backed up into another room. Officers attempted to de-escalate the situation by negotiation but were unsuccessful. The officer, seeing the suspect was wielding a metal object in his hand, deployed his CEW again. This time the CEW deployment was effective and officers were able to take the male into custody. The suspect was assessed by EMS at the scene and cleared. The victim declined EMS and was taken to the home of a family member. The two males in custody were charged.
Forty-three year-old Jason Lawrence MOISE and 20 year-old Jordan Ashley TAYPOTAT are both charged with Assault [266 CC]. MOISE is also charged with Assaulting a Peace Officer with a Weapon [270.01(1)(a) CC]. Both accused males were released on Officers Undertakings to appear in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on April 2, 2020.
The deployment of the CEW has been documented as per policy and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Committee, which is a committee within the Service. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission, which is an oversight body independent of the Regina Police Service.