Canadian stabbings: 1 suspect found dead, second still at large

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REGINA, Saskatchewan (NewsNation) — One suspect who was wanted in a series of stabbings that left 10 people dead and 15 injured in Canada on Sunday has been found dead, police said.

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said Damien Sanderson, 31, has been found dead and that they believe his brother Myles Sanderson, 30, is in Regina, Saskatchewan. Damien Sanderson’s injuries were not self-inflicted, and police said in a press conference Monday afternoon they aren’t ruling out the possibility that he was targeted by his brother.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police commanding officer Rhonda Blackmore said police have reason to believe Myles Sanderson was injured and might be seeking medical relief.

Authorities discovered Damien Sanderson’s body on the second day of a manhunt for the pair across the expansive province of Saskatchewan.

“The two suspects are still at large, despite efforts through the night by Regina police and RCMPSK,” Chief of Police for the Regina Police Service Evan Bray said in a tweet Monday morning.

In a video statement attached to the tweet, Bray urged anyone who might have any information to come forward.

The attacks targeted an Indigenous community and nearby town in one of the deadliest mass killings in the country’s history. Police have not yet determined a motive, though they said some of the attacks appeared to be targeted while others were random.

“No one in this town is ever going to sleep again. They’re going to be terrified to open their door,” said Weldon resident Ruby Works, who was close to one of the victims.

Image shown during a press conference at the RCMP “F” Division headquarters in Regina, Saskatchewan, on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, shows Damien Sanderson, left, and Myles Sanderson, right. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan issued an initial Dangerous Persons Alert to residents of the James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding communities.

RCMP also tweeted a series of updates on the case to inform the public of the ongoing case, including detailed descriptions of the suspects.

The RCMP described Damien Sanderson as “5 foot 7 and 155 lbs with black hair, brown eyes” and Myles Sanderson as “6 foot 1 and 240 lbs with brown hair and eyes.” The department also said the suspects may be in a black Nissan Rogue with SK license plate 119 MPI.

Police said a vehicle reportedly carrying the two suspects had been spotted in Regina, about 208 miles south of the communities where the stabbings occurred.

“If in the Regina area, take precautions & consider sheltering in place. Do not leave a secure location. DO NOT APPROACH suspicious persons. Do not pick up hitchhikers. Report suspicious persons, emergencies or info to 9-1-1. Do not disclose police locations,” the RCMP Saskatchewan said in a Twitter post.

Canadian police say multiple people are dead in 13 locations in two communities in Saskatchewan.

Blackmore said police are continuing their search for Myles Sanderson using aerial surveillance aircraft. Border police have been alerted if he attempts to flee to the United States.

The James Smith Cree Nation declared a state of emergency Sunday morning, warning residents to be alert.

“As this is an unfolding situation, I encourage everyone in the area to listen to the advice of law enforcement to take shelter and follow the proper precautions,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.

The prime minister said he was “shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks.”

“As Canadians, we mourn with everyone affected by this tragic violence, and with the people of Saskatchewan,” Trudeau said.

Authorities urged residents not to approach Myles Sanderson if spotted, telling civilians to leave the area immediately and contact emergency services.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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