A 38 year-old Regina male is facing charges after an incident on Sunday, September 13th in which 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.
At approximately 1:05 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, 2015, the RPS Communications Centre received a call that a male, who’d threatened to assault someone, was en route to a residence in the 3600 block of Bishop Crescent. The information in the call also indicated the male was intoxicated by drugs and highly agitated. Police located an individual walking southbound in the 800 block of Park Street, carrying a large board. The officers commanded him to stop, but the male ignored their demands. One officer approached the suspect, who turned and advanced, lifting the board as if to strike. The officer deployed his Conducted Energy Weapon, or CEW. The male was safely taken into custody without further incident. EMS attended, as per policy, and took the suspect to hospital to have the CEW probes removed and for an assessment. As the result of investigation, the male was charged with Assault With a Weapon.
Thirty-eight year-old Patrick D. FLAMAN, DOB: 1977-07-27, is charged with Assault With a Weapon, section 267(a) CC. FLAMAN was released with a court appearance date on October 21, 2015.
The use of the CEW has been documented as per policy and will be reviewed by a Use of Force Committee – a committee with the Service. All uses of force are also reported to the Saskatchewan Police Commission – an oversight body independent of the Regina Police Service.