Regina Police Respond to Domestic Conflict Call – Resolved Safely – UPDATED

Regina, Saskatchewan – There will be no criminal charges resulting from an incident in downtown Regina yesterday morning (October 29th).  What began as a domestic disturbance grew into an emergency services call, as officers feared there had been shots fired in a domestic conflict, inside an apartment.  Even though neither the male nor female participant will face criminal charges, the incident stands as a reminder of the seriousness of any call for service involving domestic conflict, and (potentially) firearms.

Police were called to an apartment building in the 1800 block of Halifax at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  The preliminary information indicated a male and a female were in a heated argument, possibly an assault, in one of the apartments.  As police officers responded there was the sound of possible gunshots, and then no voices.  The officers immediately requested additional units to set up a safety perimeter and tried to make contact with the occupants of the apartment.  Continual risk assessment led to authorization for Emergency teams to be called to the scene: Crisis Negotiators, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and Canine.  Only then did the occupants of the apartment come out to be interviewed by police.  After investigation, it was determined the “gunshot” sounds were likely caused by pieces of lumber (2x4s and plywood) that fell, or were knocked over, in the argument between the male and female.  As a result of further investigation, there was no evidence to support criminal charges against either person from the apartment.

This matter is now concluded.  The Regina Police Service recognizes the alarm and inconvenience caused to members of the public; however, the police response was appropriate for the known circumstances at the time.  We always strive for a safe outcome.  Thank you to the public for your cooperation, support, and patience.

BACKGROUND

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina residents living in, and travelling into, the downtown area this morning, October 29th, encountered a significant police presence in the 1800 block of Halifax Street. Officers were responding to a report of domestic conflict inside an apartment building on the block. Two people were taken safely into custody and the investigation is ongoing.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2020, the Regina Police Service received a call indicating there were male and female voices heard in what sounded to be a heated argument, in one of the apartments in a building on the 1800 block of Halifax Street. As police officers responded there was the sound of possible gunshots. The officers immediately requested additional units to set up a safety perimeter and attempted several times to make contact with the individuals inside the apartment. The circumstances and risk assessment necessitated the request for Emergency Services Teams at the scene. These included the Crisis Negotiators Team, Special Weapons and Tactics Team and Canine. The RPS Tactical Rescue Vehicle, or TRV, was also requested. Shortly after the arrival of the specialty teams and the TRV, police were able to establish contact with the occupants of the apartment and two people were safely taken into custody. By approximately 9:15 a.m., SWAT officers had cleared the building and ensured that people could return to the area in safety. Police are now interviewing the adult male and adult female to determine what charges, if any, should result. Details will follow if charges are laid.

Regina Police Respond to Domestic Conflict Call – Resolved Safely
(RPS) Regina Police Respond to Domestic Conflict Call – Resolved Safely

This investigation is ongoing. Anyone who may have information to contribute to this investigation (who has not already been interviewed by police) is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The Regina Police Service thanks the residents of the area, and people commuting to work, for their patience and cooperation in resolving this matter peacefully.

Regina Police Service



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