Suspect who allegedly killed 10 people in Saskatchewan stabbings arrested


Canadian authorities have located and taken into custody a suspect accused of multiple stabbings, Saskatchewan RCMP said Wednesday.

Brothers Myles Sanderson, 30, and Damien Sanderson, 31, are suspected of carrying out the series of stabbings that killed 10 people and injured 19 in the Cree Nation Indigenous communities of James Smith and the town of Weldon, Sask., on Sunday, authorities said. .

Damien Sanderson was found dead Monday in a field near the stabbing sites with “visible injuries”.

Myles Sanderson has been taken into custody, authorities said.

Saskatoon police have confirmed to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that they have been looking for Myles Sanderson since May, when he violated parole by not meeting with his parole officer. He was classified as “illegally at large,” Saskatoon police told CBC.

Myles Sanderson was released on parole after serving a nearly five-year federal sentence for assault, robbery, mischief and uttering threats, according to CBC.

Authorities launched a multi-day manhunt for the Sandersons on Sunday.

Melfort RCMP have canceled their dangerous person alert after the arrest of Myles Sanderson, saying the public is no longer in danger.

This combination of photos provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police shows stabbing victims, top left, Bonnie Burns, Carol Burns, Christian Head, Lydia Gloria Burns and Lana Head. Bottom left, Wesley Petterson, Thomas Burns, Gregory Burns, Robert Sanderson and Earl Burns.

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Investigators believe some of the victims were “targeted” while others were “randomly attacked”, Assistant Commissioner to RCMP Commander Rhonda Blackmore said earlier this week.

Authorities are investigating the motive for the attacks.

Saskatchewan RCMP received their first 911 call about a stabbing at James Smith Cree Nation, about 20 miles from Weldon, around 5:40 a.m. local time Sunday. Within minutes, police received several more calls from multiple locations. In total, victims were found at 13 different locations on the sparsely populated reservation and in the city, according to Blackmore.

Authorities released the identities of the victims killed in the series of knife attacks on Wednesday.

Melissa Gaffney, Teddy Grant, Julia Jacobo and ABC News’ Morgan Winsor contributed to this report.

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