Weapons used, seized in difficult week on Regina streets

A week’s worth of news releases from the Regina Police Service document alleged violence and tragedy in the city.

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The week after a 13-year-old girl was arrested, having allegedly struck fear into staff and students at F.W. Johnson Collegiate with what was essentially a fake gun, police took another 13-year-old into custody.

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The gun he had wasn’t a fake. No, it was a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle.

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That’s according to the Regina Police Service, which sent out a news release stating just before midnight on Tuesday its communications centre received a call from someone who told them they’d been sent photos of a firearm.

On the 3800 block of Retallack Street, police say they located the sender of the photos, who was arrested on an outstanding warrant. “Further investigation” led officers to search a nearby apartment, where they found the gun and the teen, who was arrested without incident, a police news release states.

That 13-year-old boy, who can’t be named in keeping with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, faces charges for possessing the gun, storing it improperly, possessing it for a purpose dangerous to the public, possessing it contrary to a court order, obstructing a peace officer, and breaching the conditions of a release order.

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It’s not the first time in recent memory that city police have arrested a young teen with a gun. In May, a 14-year-old boy was arrested after being found with a sawed-off rifle tucked in his pants after shots were “allegedly fired toward a group of young people.”

It’s the kind of thing that has left some residents of the city scratching their heads about how kids are getting ahold of guns.

However, the .22-caliber rifle was not the only weapon seized this week — a week where violence and tragedy were felt on the city’s streets, as reported by police.

On Monday morning, as many were likely commuting to start their work week, officers came across a man who’d reportedly passed out behind the wheel on the 1200 block of East 9th Avenue.

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A police news release on that event states the man was arrested for impaired driving and was taken to the hospital for a blood test. As officers searched the vehicle, they say they found a crossbow and bolts for it. But that’s not all.

Further, the release states officers found a shotgun, “well over 100 rounds of various firearm ammunition,” and some meth.

The man faces weapons and drug charges, in an addition to a charge for impaired driving.

Also on Monday, a motorist was said to have struck an 11-year-old boy on a bike on the 2800 block of Elgaard Drive. Fortunately, a police news release states, his injuries were not believed to be life threatening. No charges were reported.

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Tuesday, some hours before police seized the gun from the teen, officers were sent to the 1700 block of Ottawa Street where they found a 61-year-old man with “serious injuries.”

“Preliminary information indicates an adult male suspect allegedly punched the 61 year-old victim in the head and body, then struck him numerous times with a gardening tool, before walking away,” a police news release on the matter states.

Following an arrest in relation, a 60-year-old Regina man faces charges of aggravated assault and breaching probation.

On Wednesday, just before 10 p.m., police were sent to 12th Avenue and Broad Street to investigate after a truck allegedly hit a 45-year-old male pedestrian, whose injuries were treated on scene. Officers called out to stop a man seen walking to a nearby black Dodge pickup, but he hopped in and fled north, according to a news release.

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The vehicle came to a stop shortly after a spike belt was deployed, and a 40-year-old man from Buena Vista was arrested and charged for a hit-and-run, impaired driving, refusing a breath demand and obstructing a peace officer.

And in the early hours of Friday morning, after being sent to the 1400 block of Rae street, police say they learned a 29-year-old woman had been shot. She was sent to the hospital for surgery, according to a police news release on the matter, which notes that, when it was sent out around 10:15 a.m., “the victim’s injuries appear to be non-life threatening and she is in stable condition.”

Anyone with information about that incident is being asked to contact the RPS.

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