A 27-year-old man made his first court appearance Wednesday after being charged with the attempted murder of an on-duty RCMP officer.
Justin Yakimchuk is facing a number of charges — including attempted murder, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm — in relation to the Sept. 24 incident near Mervin.
In a press release, the Regina Police Service (RPS) said Yakimchuck was at large at the time for breaching his statutory release.
RCMP was called after a number of reports of a possible impaired driver who was said to be travelling at high rates of speed.
Officers spotted the vehicle several times, but were unable to stop the driver.
Around 10:30 a.m., RCMP managed to stop the car.
RCMP said two Mounties approached the vehicle and one suffered a gunshot wound.
The officers returned fire, and the suspect was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer’s injury was said to be serious, but non-life-threatening.
RPS said the officer has been medically treated and is recovering in stable condition.
RCMP requested an independent investigation be completed by the Regina Police Service.