Both brothers were wanted in connection with the deaths of 10 of the stabbing victims. But when asked by a reporter whether Myles Sanderson was the perpetrator of the murders, Blackmore said, “The witness statements we have obtained indicate that Myles Sanderson was the person responsible,” but noted that the investigation is still working to confirm. who exactly is involved.
The events leading up to Myles Sanderson’s death began at 14:07 local time on Wednesday with a call for a break and to go inside when police received information that Sanderson was standing outside a house northeast of the town of Wakaw with a knife in his hand. Blackmore reportedly stole a white Chevrolet Avalanche truck and fled the property, with the RCMP issuing an emergency alert.
Over the next 45 minutes, the RCMP received more than 20 calls regarding possible sightings of the truck. Blackmore said an RCMP officer eventually saw the truck traveling at least 150 km/h (90 mph) and was located on a nearby highway.
“To ensure the safety of motorists on the highway, the vehicle was diverted from the road and into a nearby ditch,” Blackmore said. Said.
Blackmore said police confirmed the driver was Sanderson and took him into custody. A knife was found in his vehicle.
“He went into medical distress shortly after his arrest. The nearby EMS was called to the scene and transported to a hospital in Saskatoon,” said Blackmore, adding that he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Blackmore said that when Sanderson got into medical distress, “all life-saving measures we could do were taken” until EMS arrived. When asked if the Narcan administration was one of these life-saving measures, he did not comment.
“I can’t say anything about the way he died, that will be part of the autopsy,” Blackmore said.
According to Blackmore, the Saskatoon Police Service and the Saskatchewan Incident Response Team will lead the investigation into Sanderson’s death.
Sanderson’s death and arrest coming Three days later, 10 people were killed and 18 injured in the mass stabbing. Authorities said the victims’ ages ranged from 23 to 78.
All but one from the James Smith Cree Nation
The 10 victims ranged from 23 to 78 years old, and all but one are from the Indigenous community of the James Smith Cree Nation, according to officials.
Saskatchewan Forensic Medicine Institute and RCMP He gave the victims’ names and ages in a statement Wednesday, but declined to confirm their relationship. Six of the victims share the surname Burns, two the surname Head, and one the surname of the two suspects in the attacks.
The victims were identified as follows:
- Thomas Burns, 23
- Carol Burns, 46
- Gregory Burns, 28
- Lydia Gloria Burns, 61
- Bonnie Burns, 48
- Earl Burns, 66
- Lana Head, 49
- Christian Head, 54
- Robert Sanderson, 49
- Wesley Petterson, 78
Petterson is from Weldon, Saskatchewan, and the other nine victims are from the James Smith Cree Nation.
Several family members of some victims spoke about their loved ones at a press conference Wednesday. Saskatoon Tribal Chief Mark Arcand identified Bonnie Burns as his sister and Gregory Burns as his son, and said one of his sons was stabbed but survived.
“Let me be honest, we don’t really know what happened. We only know that our family members were killed in their own home, in their garden,” Arcand said.
In addition, 18 people were injured in the knife attacks, but authorities will not reveal their identities. “We can confirm that a young teenager was injured and that the remaining casualties were all adults. We will not confirm other specific ages,” the agencies said.
Victim information has been released as Canadian police continue to search for one of two suspects in brutal attacks involving 13 different crime scenes in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon. and a nearby rural village.
Police say some of the victims were apparently targeted
It remains unclear what motivated the violence and how the brothers recognized any of the victims.
Royal Canadian Deputy Commissioner of Mounted Police Rhonda Blackmore said in a briefing Monday that some of them were openly targeted while others may have been attacked at random.
It is also unknown whether the brothers carried out the attacks at the same time, according to Blackmore.
Police said the first stabbing was reported at 5:40 a.m. in the James Smith Cree Nation, with several more calls coming in minutes later about stabbings elsewhere.
The country has a population of about 3,400, with about 1,800 members living on the reservation, according to its website.
By 9:45 p.m. authorities were reporting victims in multiple locations, including one in Weldon.
Lydia Gloria Burns, first responder, His older brother, Darryl Burns, told Reuters he was responding to a crisis call when he was caught in violence and killed, but the agency did not say whether the call was about the stabbings.
“It was butchered,” his brother, Ivor Burns, told Reuters.
The discovery of Damien Sanderson’s body a day after the attacks also raised questions about his involvement in his brother’s death. But police said on Monday it was unclear whether Myles Sanderson was involved.
“It’s an investigative path we’re following, but we can’t say that with certainty at this time,” Blackmore said. Said.
Suspect had a ‘long’ criminal history and was released by parole board
Blackmore said earlier that he had issued a warrant for Sanderson’s arrest before the stabbings.
“Myles’ record goes back several years and includes both property and personal crimes,” Blackmore said, without detailing the alleged crimes.
“His actions showed he was violent, and so we continue to stress people stay vigilant,” Blackmore said.
Sanderson has been legally released by the Parole Board of Canada, according to a decision made on February 1, 2022.
According to the board, statutory release is a statutory release that allows an offender to serve part of his sentence under direct supervision in the community. Under Canadian law, the Canadian Correctional Service must release most offenders on probation after serving two-thirds of their sentences unless they have previously been paroled, except those serving life sentences.
The board said in its decision that it did not believe Sanderson would pose a risk to the public if released. The decision drew attention to his long criminal history and was assessed by a psychologist for “moderate risk of violence”.
“Your criminal history, including violence and gun use related to your index crimes, and your history of domestic violence that has victimized your family and non-family, including your children, is very worrying,” the ruling says.
The Parole Board said in a statement that it “expressed its thoughts to the victims, their families, and all those affected by these senseless and horrific acts of violence.”
The Board said it could not discuss the specifics of a criminal’s case, referring to the Privacy Act.
CNN’s Paula Newton, Tina Burnside, Chuck Johnston, Michelle Watson, Teele Rebane, and Cara Lynn Clarkson contributed to this report.
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