One of 2 men wanted in stabbing attacks in Canada has been found dead

One of two suspects in knife attacks in Canada that killed 10 people has been found dead, police said Monday.

The body of 31-year-old Damien Sanderson was found on the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan at 11:30 a.m., said Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, commander of the Royal Saskatchewan Constabulary.

Sanderson and Miles Sanderson, his brother, were named suspects in the stabbing deaths of 10 people on Sunday.

Miles Sanderson, 30, may be injured, but that has not been confirmed, Blackmore said at a news conference.

“We want the public to know this, as there is a chance they will seek medical attention,” Blackmore said. “It doesn’t mean he isn’t still dangerous.”

Damien Sanderson had visible injuries that were not believed to be self-inflicted, Blackmore said. The cause of death will be determined later, he said.

His body was found “outside in a grassy area near a house that was under investigation,” Blackmore said.

Asked at Monday’s news conference if Miles Sanderson is a suspect in his brother’s death, Blackmore said investigators can’t say.

“We haven’t confirmed that. We can’t say one way or the other if Miles was involved in Damien’s death,” he said. “It’s an investigative avenue we’re following, but we can’t say definitively at this point.”

Including Miles Sanderson, 19 people were injured in the attacks, which covered 13 identified crime scenes, officials said. Their health status was not known. With the discovery of Damien Sanderson’s body, he said, the death toll was 11.

The identities of the dead were not released by police Monday, but Blackmore said none of them were infants or children.

The youngest known victim to die was born in 1999, he said, and both men and women were killed.

Damien Sanderson, left. Miles Sanderson. (RCMP)

Investigators believe some victims may have been targeted and others may have been randomly attacked, Blackmore said, but the investigation is ongoing.

Of the 10 people who died before Damien Sanderson’s body was found, investigators believe they were all stabbed, but were trying to confirm that, Blackmore said.

Miles Sanderson may have been located in the city of Regina, Saskatchewan, after a wanted vehicle was spotted in the city, officials said.

“This is the most recent reliable information we have, but it’s also pretty stale,” said Regina Police Chief Evan Bray. “And so we can’t say for sure that they’re in the community, but we’re acting as if they are.”

Police said the manhunt and investigation into the killings is the highest priority.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attacks shocking and heartbreaking and said Monday that his thoughts and those of all Canadians are with the victims and their loved ones.

“This kind of violence, or any kind of violence, has no place in our country,” Trudeau said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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