Shortly after 3:00 p.m., September 27, 2017, Patrol and Canine Officers responded to a report of a male breaking a window to gain access to a vehicle parked in the 200 block of 4th Avenue South.
Responding Officers located the male in the west alley of the 200 block of 4th Avenue and at that time observed him to be carrying a weapon, now known to be a firearm. The suspect refused to comply with repeated requests to follow Police instruction and moved to 4th Avenue. He continued to disobey Officers commands resulting in the deployment of less lethal options including a conducted energy weapon and bean-bag rounds. Both less lethal options were ineffective. The suspect then fired at Police, and Officers continued to deliver bean-bag rounds. The suspect fled towards 20th Street where Officers engaged him with their service-issued firearms, striking him and taking him into custody, with the assistance of a Police Service Dog. Officers immediately rendered first aid until MD Ambulance arrived and transported him to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
No Officers were seriously injured as a result of this incident.
A firearm was recovered at the scene, with a live round in the chamber.
The suspect, a 34-year-old man, was transported to hospital where he remains receiving treatment for his injuries. The suspect has not yet been interviewed by Police but will face charges of Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public and Careless Use of a Firearm. It is anticipated that more charges will follow as the investigation continues.
Police wish to thank those who have already supplied video surveillance, and continue to ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or have additional surveillance video and/or images, to report it to Police at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
The Major Crimes and General Investigations Sections are continuing to investigate and oversight has been requested from Saskatchewan Justice.
The Saskatoon Police Service will hold a media availability following the shooting incident that occurred downtown on the afternoon of September 27, 2017.
Acting Chief Mark Chatterbok will be available to speak to media at 11:00 a.m., September 28, 2017 in the Media Room at SPS Headquarters.
A news release with updated information will also be available at that time.
The Saskatoon Police are currently responding to an incident downtown.
Shortly after 3:00 p.m., September 27, 2017, Canine and Patrol Officers were dispatched to the 200 block of 4th Avenue South for a report of a theft from a vehicle in progress.
Details are sparse at this time. There is no threat to public safety, but traffic restrictions will be in place as Police continue to investigate. Further updates will be provided as information becomes available.
A media availability will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Vimy Memorial (at Spadina Crescent and 20th Street).
Traffic restrictions are in place in the area. Motorists are encouraged to find another route home.