Second Saskatchewan suspect dead from self-inflicted wounds after 10 killed in one of Canada’s worst attacks

Miles Sanderson, a suspect in a weekend stabbing that killed 10 and injured 19 people in a First Nations community in rural Canada, has died of self-inflicted injuries. was arrested on Wednesday, according to officials. An unnamed Canadian official told The Associated Press that Mr. Sanderson died when police ran his car off the road.

The suspect was taken alive in an ambulance before later succumbing to his injuries, Global News reports, citing multiple unnamed law enforcement sources.

The 32-year-old was arrested around 3:30 p.m. CST on Wednesday near the town of Rosthern, Saskatchewan, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

“Saskatchewan RCMP would like to thank the public for their diligence in providing relevant information regarding possible sightings of Miles Sanderson,” police said in a statement. statement.

The suspect was believed to have been seen earlier in the day in the Wakaw and Prince Albert areas, with the individual described as driving a white Chevrolet and wielding a knife. according to Saskatchewan RCMPwho later canceled an emergency alert about the sighting.

Unofficial video obtained by the CBC appears to show several armed officers in bulletproof vests surrounding a white Chevy truck pulled to the side of a road.

The arrest concludes a massive, four-day manhunt for Sanderson and his brother Damien, who was found dead Monday from what appeared to be self-inflicted wounds, police said.

Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand, who lost his sister and nephew in the killings, said the arrests mean the community can begin to recover from its trauma.

“Now people can start to feel safe again, but now is the time to start healing,” he said in a statement.

“We are devastated, but we are not defeated,” he added at a news conference on Wednesday.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe thanked police for their efforts.

“To the men and women in uniform who worked day and night to track down and arrest this dangerous criminal, thank you,” he said on Wednesday in a statement. “We owe you all a great debt of gratitude.”

Police are investigating whether Sanderson killed his brother.

The 32-year-old is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering.

The stabbing took place at 13 different crime scenes, many of which were located within the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon.

The First Nation community has approximately 3,400 members, with 1,800 members living on its territory.

Those killed in the stabbings, one of the worst mass murders in Canadian history, are: Bonnie Burns, 48; Carol Burns, 46; Earl Burns, 66; Gregory Burns, 28; Lydia Gloria Burns, 61; Thomas Burns, 23; Christian Head, 54; Lana Head, 49; and Robert Sanderson, 49, all of the James Smith Cree Nation. and Wesley Petterson, 78, of Weldon.

The stabbing suspect had a history of violence, according to court records.

As an adult, Miles Sanderson was convicted of 59 different crimes, including assault, assault on a police officer and robbery. He had a lifetime weapons ban.

However, he was released in February while serving a four-year sentence for kicking a police officer in the face who arrested him on domestic violence allegations in 2018.

The Parole Board of Canada found that Sanderson “would not present an unreasonable risk” to the community.

“The Board is satisfied that your risk is manageable in the community if you live on your own [blacked out] maintain sobriety and employment and continue to develop supports, including treatment,” the board wrote, according to documents obtained by Global News.

The parole board said this week it will review how Sanderson was released.

The Sanderson brothers’ mother said she wasn’t sure what led to the violence, but apologized for the damage it caused.

“I want to apologize for my son, my sons,” she told CBC News. “We don’t know the whole story, but I want to apologize to everyone who was hurt and affected by this terrible situation.”

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