Regina — The Canadian Press
Published on Sunday, Nov. 08, 2009 3:54PM EST
Investigators said officers were called early Sunday morning to a central-area home where a man inside was reportedly waving around a long-barrelled gun and threatening people. When they arrived, they found a male with a firearm in the back yard.
”He was given instructions to drop the weapon but did not follow police commands,” police Chief Troy Hagen told reporters several hours after the shooting. ”At approximately 12:15 a.m., a Regina police officer discharged their firearm.”'
Police said one shot was fired, striking the man in the torso. He was taken to hospital where he was listed in stable condition. His name has not been released and there is no indication whether he will face charges.
Police also said the officer who fired the shot has just under five years of experience.
Chief Hagen said incidents like this can unfold very quickly.
”So there's split-second decisions in some cases and an officer has the authority to discharge their weapon when they feel that there's going to be imminent harm.”
It's expected that the RCMP will oversee an investigation into the shooting, which is the first involving police in Regina since August 2008.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Another example why Canada needs a firearm Registry.
Our political parties are now controlled by the Republican Firearm Lobby Group.
None of these politicians it appears have ever had to look the dead bodies of those massacred some lunatic with a gun.
Its an "American Disease" that kills 276 Americans every day", that's right. 276 Americans die in the United States of America, on average, every day of the year. That's around 101 THOUSAND people every year die as the result of a firearm.
Back in 1996 Martin Bryant "snapped" and used two "
Long Barreled guns" that's right, they had long barrels, to end the lives of 35 people in just eight minutes.
Australia's then prime minister then gave Australia one of the tightest set of gun ownership laws in the world.
Howard put it in blunt language.
“I hate guns. One of the things I don't admire about America is their slavish love of guns… We do not want the American disease imported into Australia.”
Prior to that legislation, Australia had 11 mass murder incidents during the ten years before Martin Bryant murdered his 35 people in 8 minutes.
Australia has had NO mass murders since.
Strict firearm legislation works.
The American Gun Lobby group are probably the most powerful group in the United States, it is their religious zealouts approach to Canada that has been so devastatingly effective with cowardly changes of mind by the likes of Jack Layton who even attended an evening for victims of the Montreal massacre.
This is the same lobby group who have enabled America's latest embarrassing murderer who simply handed over around $1000 for his "Herstal Five-SeveN" known to "shred body armour, a favorite of cop killers around the world.
Perhaps Stephen Harper needs to put his research team to work, find him some the video's of mass murderers in action.
Don't expect Stephen Harper to accept responsibility for future firearm massacres.