Regina police use stun gun on suspect cutting himself
A Regina police officer used an electric stun gun on Sunday to stop a man's apparent suicide attempt.
It happened after police were called to a home on the 1300 block of Garnet St. in the North Central area around 9:15 p.m.
A man was locked in a bathroom and was cutting himself with what police described as "edged weapons".
When he refused to drop the weapon, police determined he was a threat to "himself and other occupants of the house, including police."
The patrol officer used the Taser and the 34-year-old man was taken into custody without any further incident.
He was taken to hospital where he was treated for his self-inflicted injuries. He's been charged with breaching court conditions.
The Saskatchewan Police Commission approved the use of stun guns by members of municipal police services in January 2013.
Until then, it was mainly RCMP and city police SWAT team members who could use them.
The Regina Police Service says it plans to train more front-line officers to use the devices, but that training isn't complete.
It turns out the patrol member who used the Taser on Sunday was also a SWAT team member and had already received training.