Canada’s latest mass stabbing suspect dies of self-inflicted wounds after being chased off the road by police

The latest suspect in the recent stabbings in and around a Canadian reservation has died of self-inflicted wounds, an official said.

Myles Sanderson, 32, was found near the town of Rosthern in central Saskatchewan as officers responded to reports of a stolen vehicle being driven by a knife-wielding man, it said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

Officers pulled Sanderson’s vehicle off the road into a ditch, and he was taken into custody, but drove into what a spokeswoman described as “medical distress”.

This combination of images presented during a press conference at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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Myles Sanderson was fleeing police at almost 100mph in a stolen vehicle when he was arrested. Photo: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Saskatchewan

He was taken to hospital, but died shortly thereafter.

“Every rescue action of which we are capable was taken at that time,” RCMP Commander Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said.

She gave no details on the cause of death, but an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mr Sanderson died of self-inflicted injuries, without giving further details.

Video and photos from the scene showed a white SUV on the side of the road with police cars all around.

Ten people were killed and 18 injured after attacks in and around the James Smith Cree Nation, an Indigenous community in the central province of Saskatchewan, on Sunday.

Ten victims are still hospitalized, three of them in critical condition.

At a press conference confirming the death of Myles Sanderson, Ms Blackmore said she had visited James Smith’s Cree Nation, which is home to nine of the ten victims, and said many had ” witnessed incredible trauma.”

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Police and investigators gather at the scene where Sanderson was arrested

“A lot of people haven’t slept,” she said. “They told me: ‘every time I close my eyes, I hear noises’.

“I hope it gives them a sense of closure and that they can rest easier tonight knowing that Myles is no longer on the run.

“Hopefully now they are able to start healing.”

Brian Burns, husband of Bonnie Burns and father of Gregory Burns, 28, who was killed at James Smith's Cree Nation, attends a press conference with photos of them, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, September 7, 2022. REUTERS/Valerie Zinc
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Bonnie, wife of Brian Burns, and son Gregory were killed in the attacks

Hundreds of police embarked on an extensive manhunt for the suspects, Myles and his brother Damien Sanderson, who had fled the crime scene.

Damien was found dead in a grassy area in the James Smith Cree Nation on Monday, with injuries that police say were not self-inflicted.

Myles Sanderson, who officers described as armed and dangerous, remained at large until Wednesday afternoon and police are investigating whether he killed his brother.

Sunday’s stabbing was one of the deadliest attacks in modern Canadian history.

Police said some of the victims appeared to have been deliberately targeted, while others were attacked indiscriminately.

Officers did not disclose a possible motive, but a statement from an Indigenous group in the province suggested the stabbings could be drug-related.

But Ms Blackmore said: ‘Sadly now that Myles is dead we may never understand that motivation.

Annie Sanderson comforts her granddaughter, who was close to Gloria Lydia Burns, 62, who was killed in James Smith's Cree Nation after a series of stabbings killed 10 people on the reserve and nearby town of Weldon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  September 5, 2022. REUTERS/David Stobbe
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Friends of James Smith’s Cree Nation victims comfort each other

parole violation

Questions are starting to be asked about why Myles Sanderson – with 59 convictions and a long history of violence – was on the streets.

The 32-year-old was released by a parole board in February while serving a sentence of more than four years for assault and robbery charges. But he had been wanted by police since May, apparently for violating the conditions of his release.

Canada’s Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said there would be an investigation into the parole board’s assessment of Sanderson.

Canada’s latest mass stabbing suspect dies of self-inflicted wounds after being chased off the road by police

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