Former Estevan resident facing charge for explosives in Regina

A 19-year-old man who used to live in Estevan is facing charges in connection with an incident that led to a police presence in the 1400-block of Angus Street Tuesday evening in Regina.

According to the Regina Police Service, at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday, a police patrol unit was dispatched to assist Regina Fire and Protective Services and Emergency Medical Services at an apartment residence.

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The initial information indicated a fire alarm was going off in one of the apartments and there was smoke emerging from a doorway. Upon further investigation it appeared the “potential fire” was a pot of food forgotten and burning on a stove. 

The resident of the apartment was unharmed. 

Emergency personnel who entered the apartment alerted police to the presence of suspicious looking materials. This led to police arresting the male resident and obtaining a search warrant for the premises. The process of securing the premises and executing the search warrant resulted in an extended police presence until well into the evening. 

Subsequent investigation led to charges against the 19-year-old.

Austin Doerksen-Bye has been charged with explosives making or possession of a substance and possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order under the Criminal Code and failing to comply with a disposition under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Doerksen-Bye made his first court appearance on these charges in Regina Provincial Court on Wednesday.

He is presumed innocent. 

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