Saskatchewan mass shooting suspect suffered ‘medical stress’ and died after being arrested, police say.

Saskatchewan mass shooting suspect suffered ‘medical stress’ and died after being arrested, police say.


Myles Sanderson, the suspect in the Mass murder in Canadadied Wednesday after suffering a “health problem” after his arrest, according to Canadian Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore.

Sanderson’s death means that both suspects in the attack that rocked the Canadian province of Saskatchewan are now dead. Sanderson’s brother, Damien Sanderson he was found dead one day after the attacks with injuries that were not believed to be self-inflicted, police said.

Both brothers were wanted in connection with the deaths of 10 stabbing victims. But when asked by a reporter if Myles Sanderson was responsible for the murder, Blackmore said, “Our witness statements that we have received have indicated that Myles Sanderson was responsible,” although he noted that the investigation is still ongoing. who was really involved.

The events that led to the death of Myles Sanderson began with a call at 2:07 pm local time on Wednesday for a break and enter when officers received information that Sanderson was standing outside a house in the northeast of the town of Wakaw with a knife. He was reported to have stolen a white Chevrolet Avalanche truck and fled the property and RCMP issued an emergency alert, Blackmore said.

In the next 45 minutes, RCMP received more than 20 calls about the possible sighting of the truck. An RCMP officer eventually saw the truck going at least 150 kilometers per hour and was on a nearby highway, Blackmore said.

“To ensure the safety of motorists on the highway, the vehicle was diverted off the road into a nearby ditch,” Blackmore said.

Police confirmed the driver was Sanderson and took him into custody, Blackmore said. A knife was found in his car.

“Shortly after the arrest he went into medical distress. Local EMS were called to the scene and he was transported to a hospital in Saskatoon,” Blackmore said, adding that he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Blackmore said “all the life-saving steps we could take” until EMS arrived when Sanderson went into medical distress. He did not comment when asked if the administration of Narcan was one of those life-saving measures.

“I can’t talk about the specific manner of death, that will be part of the autopsy that will be done,” Blackmore said.

The Saskatoon Police Service and the Saskatchewan Incident Response Team will conduct an investigation into Sanderson’s death, according to Blackmore.

Death and arrest of Sanderson to come three days after 10 people were killed in a mob stabbing, and another 18 people were injured. The ages of the victims ranged from 23 to 78, authorities said.

The 10 victims range in age from 23 to 78, and all but one are from the James Smith Cree Nation, according to authorities.

Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service and RCMP released the names and ages of the victims in a statement Wednesday but declined to confirm the relationship between them. Six of the victims have the last name Burns, two have the last name Head, and one shares the last name of the two suspects in the attack.

The victims were identified as:

  • Thomas Burns, 23
  • Carol Burns, 46
  • Gregory Burns, 28
  • Lydia Gloria Burns, 61
  • Bonnie Burns, 48
  • Earl Burns, 66
  • Lana Muku, 49
  • Christian Head, 54
  • Robert Sanderson, 49
  • Wesley Peterson, 78

Petterson is from Weldon, Saskatchewan, while the other nine victims are from the James Smith Cree Nation.

From top left to right, Thomas Burns, Wesley Petterson, Lydia Gloria Burns, Robert Sanderson, Gregory Burns, Carol Burns, Christian Head, Lana Head, Bonnie Burns and Earl Burns

Several family members of some of the victims spoke at a press conference Wednesday about their loved ones. Saskatoon Tribal Chief Mark Arcand identified Bonnie Burns as his sister and Gregory Burns as his son, and said his other son was stabbed but survived.

“Be honest when I say this, we don’t know what happened. We only know that our family members were killed in their own home, in their yard,” Arcand said.

In addition, 18 people were injured in the knife attacks, but the authorities will not release their identities. “We can confirm one young person was injured and the rest of the injured are adults. We will not be confirming other specific ages,” the agencies said.

Three patients were in critical condition and seven were in stable condition as of Tuesday, according to the AFP news agency Saskatchewan Health Authority.

The victims’ statements were released as Canadian police continued a massive search for one of the two suspects in the brutal attacks, which involved 13 separate crimes in the James Smith Cree and Weldon Nation. the neighboring village of the village.

Flowers sit outside the home where one of the stabbing victims was found in Weldon, Saskatchewan.

It is still unclear what caused the violence and how or if the brothers knew the victims.

Some of them were targeted while others were attacked randomly, Canadian Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said in her statement on Monday.

It is also unclear whether the brothers carried out the attacks at the same time, according to Blackmore.

The first stabbing was reported on the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 a.m. Minutes later, several more calls came in about stabbings in other areas, police said.

The nation has a population of about 3,400 people and about 1,800 members who live on the reservation, according to its website.

As of 9:45 a.m., authorities were reporting victims at multiple locations, including one in Weldon.

Lydia Gloria Burns, first responder, was responding to a crisis call when he was caught up in the violence and killed, his brother Darryl Burns told Reuters, although the agency did not say whether the call was related to the stabbing.

“He was killed,” his brother Ivor Burns told Reuters.

The discovery of Damien Sanderson’s body a day after the attacks also raised questions about his brother’s involvement in his death. But police said Monday it was unclear whether Myles Sanderson was involved.

“It’s a line of investigation that we’re pursuing, but we can’t say for sure at this point,” Blackmore said.

Myles Sanderson is wanted on a Canada-wide arrest warrant.

Blackmore previously said that Sanderson had warrants for his arrest before the stabbing.

“Myles’ record spans several years and includes property and personal crimes,” Blackmore said, without elaborating on the alleged crimes.

“His actions have shown that he is violent and so we continue to urge people to be vigilant,” Blackmore added.

Sanderson was granted parole by the Parole Board of Canada, according to a decision issued on February 1, 2022.

Legal parole is voluntary release by law that allows the offender to serve part of his sentence in the community under direct supervision, according to the board. By Canadian law, the Correctional Service of Canada must release most offenders to supervision after serving two-thirds of their sentence, if they have not yet been granted parole, except for those serving life sentences.

The board said in the decision that it did not believe Sanderson would pose a danger to the public if released. The decision noted his long criminal history and that he was evaluated by a psychologist for “moderate risk of violence.”

“Your criminal history is very concerning, including the use of violence and weapons related to your offenses, and your history of domestic violence that affected family, including your children, and non-family members,” the ruling says.

In a statement, the Parole Board said it “sends its thoughts to the victims, their families and all those who have been affected by these senseless and horrific acts.”

Citing the Privacy Act, the board said it could not discuss the specifics of an offender’s case.