The Regina Police Service is advising the public of the discharge of a Conducted Energy Weapon, or CEW, commonly known as a Taser. On December 14, 2020, at around 2:25 a.m. a CEW was used in the arrest of a 31 year-old Regina male. 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.
Police were dispatched at around 2:12 a.m. on December 14, 2020, to the area of Victoria Avenue and Park Street for a report of a vehicle being driven in an unsafe manner. The caller reported the vehicle had no head lights on and was swerving between lanes. Police located the vehicle parked in the 2100 block of Rothwell Street. The driver and two other occupants were inside the vehicle. Police approached the vehicle and directed the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver refused and put the vehicle into reverse, striking a police vehicle. In spite of efforts to extract him from the vehicle, the driver continued to refuse to follow police commands. A CEW was deployed and the male was taken into custody. The suspect was assessed and cleared by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the scene and was transported to detention.
Thirty-one year-old Shayne Blakney TURNER, of Regina, is charged with:
- Operate Conveyance Dangerous To Public [CC 320.13 (1)];
- Resist Arrest [129(a) CC];
- Breach of Probation [733.1(1) CC]; and
- Breach of Undertaking [145(4) (a) CC].
TURNER will make his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020.
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 – a provincial oversight body, independent of the Regina Police Service.