On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, a Regina Police Service member discharged a CEW, commonly known as a Taser, in an arrest. 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.
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at approximately 5:05 a.m., police attended to an address on the 1800 block of Scarth Street in response to a report of an adult male threatening self-harm with a knife. Police members attempted to negotiate with the male however he was non-compliant and refused to drop the knife. The police perceived the immediate need for control, due to a high risk of death or serious bodily harm, prompting the deployment of the CEW. The male dropped the knife and was safely taken into custody. The male was assessed at the scene by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and was then transported to the Regina General Hospital. The investigation is continuing at this time.
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 may have information that could assist with this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).