Shortly after 8:00 p.m. June 23, 2021 the SPS was dispatched to a report of a male wanted on warrants who was leaving a residence in the 500 block of Avenue F South. The male was reported to be wearing a shirt with black and white and riding a bicycle. A few minutes later responding officers spotted a male matching the description. The male refused to stop and continued riding his bicycle before abandoning it on Avenue A. He then fled on foot into a restaurant where a pursuing officer confronted him in the kitchen. The male referenced being in possession of a firearm. The male then exited out the back door where additional officers encountered him. The male, who was reaching into the back of his shorts, threatened to shoot. An officer deployed a CEW which caused the male to fall and suffer an injury. Medavie Health Services was called to the scene and the male was transported to Royal University Hospital where he is in stable condition.
As a result of the injury the SPS has requested the Regina Police Service lead an investigation into the incident, and the Province provide oversight. The investigation will include review of in—car camera video.
The 51-year-old man was determined not to be the same male police were seeking, however he was found to be wanted on outstanding warrants for assault with a weapon and break and enter.
The incident will also be reviewed internally by the SPS Use-Of-Force Committee.