Saskatoon Police outlined today all the ways they tried to stop a suspect before resorting to actual gunfire. Acting Chief Mark Chatterbok headed up a news conference at the Saskatoon Police Service headquarters filling in the blanks on a lot of unanswered questions in yesterday’s police involved shooting.
Officers were responding to a report of a man breaking vehicles’ windows in the 200 block of 4th Avenue and that report indicated the suspect had a weapon which was initially believed to be a pipe. However, police say it turned out to be a home-made gun. Initially officers used a taser and then bean-bag rounds were fired but the suspect continued running from officers and police say he fired upon officers. More bean bag rounds were used and finally police shot the suspect with gunshots hitting him in the shoulder.
The 34 year old man was taken into custody with the help of a police dog team and then taken to hospital with non life threatening injuries. Saskatchewan Justice will also be reviewing this incident.