Patrol members of the Regina Police Service deployed a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW), or Taser, in the apprehension of a male suspect early this morning in Regina. This advisory is issued as part of a commitment by the Regina Police Service to notify the public each time a CEW is discharged at a person.
At approximately 4:26 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2022, a patrol sergeant was approached by a taxi driver in the 1800 block of Saskatchewan Drive (Casino Regina). The driver reported seeing a male walking in the parking lot who appeared to be hitting cars and carrying a knife. A short time later, the sergeant located the male, still holding a knife, near Saskatchewan Drive and Rose Street. In spite of repeated commands to drop the knife, the male ignored the officers and rambled incoherently. Another patrol officer deployed his CEW successfully, as the sergeant and a third officer got the 56 year-old suspect safely into custody. The male was not injured, but his behavior was concerning so he was taken to hospital, where he was admitted.
The deployment of the CEW/Taser is documented through reports and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Review Board, which is a panel within the Regina Police Service, made up of experienced officers. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission.