One of two suspects in Canadian stabbing is found dead 


One of two brothers suspected of carrying out a mass stabbing attack in a rural Canadian settlement has been found dead, police said on Monday, while the other brother remained at large.

Damien and Myles Sanderson were charged with murdering 10 people and wounding 19 in a stabbing rampage that devastated an indigenous community in Saskatchewan on Sunday.

Damien Sanderson, 31, has been found dead on the James Smith Cree Nation said Rhonda Blackmore, commanding officer of the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police, at a news conference.

His brother, Myles Sanderson, 30, ‘may have sustained injuries’ and may be seeking medical attention, she added.

Damien Sanderson (left) has been found dead, Canadian police said on Monday. His brother Myles Sanderson (right) remains on the run, sought in connection with stabbings in Saskatchewan on Sunday

Damien Sanderson (left) has been found dead, Canadian police said on Monday. His brother Myles Sanderson (right) remains on the run, sought in connection with stabbings in Saskatchewan on Sunday

Evan Bray, chief of Regina police, is pictured at a press conference on Monday afternoon

Evan Bray, chief of Regina police, is pictured at a press conference on Monday afternoon

The attacks were among the deadliest in Canada’s modern history.

Police said some of the victims appeared to have been targeted, while others were apparently random.

A mother of two, a 77-year-old widower, a first responder and a 14-year-old boy were the initial victims identified.

The siblings are the chief suspects in attacks on 29 people in different locations on the James Smith Cree Nation on Sunday afternoon.

Myles Sanderson has been wanted since May when he stopped going to court mandated visits with his parole officer.

He disappeared while out on parole on a five year sentence for assault, robbery, mischief and making threats, according to Regina police chief, Evan Bray.

He was charged with three counts of murder in the first degree, one count of attempted murder and one count of breaking and entering.

Damien Sanderson was charged with one count of murder in the first degree, one count of attempted murder and one count of breaking and entering. 

Police suspected that someone was harboring the brothers to prevent them from being captured.

‘We know. We are confident that someone out there knows the whereabouts of these two and has information that would be valuable to the police,’ said Bray. 

‘I urge you to get in touch with your local police service.’

Police described the men are armed and dangerous. 

The brothers fled in a black Nissan Rogue SUV which was spotted 200 miles south of the indigenous reserve.

‘This is my brothers’ vehicle that they took when they entered our home this morning in James Smith Cree Nation,’ a woman posted on Facebook, according to SkyNews Canada.

‘We (can’t) care less about the vehicle but let these monsters be caught.’ 

Annie Sanderson, who was close with one of the stabbing victims, Gloria Lydia Burns, 62, comforts her granddaughter

Annie Sanderson, who was close with one of the stabbing victims, Gloria Lydia Burns, 62, comforts her granddaughter

Darryl Burns holds a photo of his sister, Gloria Lydia Burns, 62, who was stabbed to death in Weldon, Saskatchewan during the Sunday killing spree

Darryl Burns holds a photo of his sister, Gloria Lydia Burns, 62, who was stabbed to death in Weldon, Saskatchewan during the Sunday killing spree

Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators pour over the scene on the James Smith Cree Nation reserve looking for clues after 10 people were stabbed to death and 19 others were wounded

Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigators pour over the scene on the James Smith Cree Nation reserve looking for clues after 10 people were stabbed to death and 19 others were wounded

Forensic investigators analyze the evidence at the crime scene after 10 people were fatally stabbed in Weldon, Saskatchewan

Forensic investigators analyze the evidence at the crime scene after 10 people were fatally stabbed in Weldon, Saskatchewan

The brothers are believed to have stabbed the victims across 13 sites in the indigenous reserve and in the nearby village of Weldon, northeast of the city of Saskatoon.

A police alert and search expanded from Saskatchewan to include neighboring Manitoba and Alberta provinces – a vast region half the size of Europe.

The chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations suggested the stabbings could be drug-related, as it emerged that Myles was listed as ‘unlawfully at large’ by police in May.

The devastated community named Lana Head, the mother of two daughters, as one of the victims of the attack and said she died alongside her partner, who has not been identified. 

Another victim, Wes Petterson, a 77-year-old widower, was the second to be named by locals. 

Following the frenzied stabbing, the armed suspects reportedly fled the scene in the Nissan which has since been spotted in Regina, a city about 208 miles south of the communities where the stabbings occurred, police said.

Bray urged Regina residents to shelter in their homes and said on Sunday night they still believe Damien and Myles are in the city. 

Blackmore, the Assistant Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects – but others appear to have been attacked at random. 

One of the 10 victims who was stabbed to death in the attack was named as Lana Head (pictured), a mother of two daughters

One of the 10 victims who was stabbed to death in the attack was named as Lana Head (pictured), a mother of two daughters

Investigators - including police, forensics, and coroners - gather in front of the scene of a stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan

Investigators – including police, forensics, and coroners – gather in front of the scene of a stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan

The armed suspects reportedly fled the scene in a black Nissan Rogue SUV (pictured) which has since been spotted in Regina, a city about 208 miles south of the communities where the stabbings occurred, police said

The armed suspects reportedly fled the scene in a black Nissan Rogue SUV (pictured) which has since been spotted in Regina, a city about 208 miles south of the communities where the stabbings occurred, police said

The first stabbings were reported at 5.40am (11.40 GMT) in James Smith Cree Nation, a sparsely populated indigenous community with a population of about 3,400 people largely engaged in farming, hunting and fishing. Weldon is a village of some 200 people. 

Within three hours of the stabbings, which occurred across 13 crime scenes, police issued a province-wide dangerous persons alert. By Sunday afternoon, similar alerts were also issued in Saskatchewan’s neighboring provinces Alberta and Manitoba.

The elected leaders of the three communities that make up the James Smith Cree Nation, including the Chakastaypasin Band and the Peter Chapman Band, declared a local state of emergency and opened up two emergency operations centers.

Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, a group which represents 74 First Nations in the state of Saskatchewan, suggested the stabbings were drug-related.

‘This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we demand all authorities to take direction from the Chiefs and Councils and their membership to create safer and healthier communities for our people,’ Cameron said.

The former partner of Lana Head, who was killed in the attack, also suggested the attack was linked to drugs and alcohol. 

Michael Brett Burns, who has two daughters with Ms. Head, told the Aboriginal People’s Television Network: ‘It’s sick how jail time, drugs and alcohol can destroy many lives. I’m hurt for all this loss.’

Burns earlier paid tribute to his ex-partner, writing on Facebook: ‘You will be missed dearly Lana. Thank you for beautiful daughters and granddaughters.’ 

A friend also paid tribute to Ms. Head, writing on Facebook: ‘I love you and say prayers for your children, grandchildren, your family. I am going to miss your sweet hello’s and messages. I will forever cherish your sweet demeanor and caring ways.’

Another victim, Wes Petterson, 77, was identified by locals. Ruby Works said the widower was like an uncle to her. 

‘I collapsed and hit the ground. I’ve known him since I was just a little girl,? she said, describing the moment she heard the news. She said he loved his cats, was proud of his homemade Saskatoon berry jam and frequently helped out his neighbors.

‘He didn’t do anything. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind hearted man,? said Works.

Weldon resident Robert Rush also described the victim as a gentle, widowed man in his 70s. ‘He wouldn’t hurt a fly,’ he said.

Rush said Petterson’s adult grandson was in the basement at the time of the stabbing and phoned police.

Chakastaypasin Chief Calvin Sanderson – who is not related to the suspects – said everyone’s been affected by the tragic events.

‘They were our relatives, friends,’ Sanderson said of the victims. ‘It’s pretty horrific.’

Indigenous people account for less than 5 per cent of Canada’s population of about 38 million and suffer from higher levels of poverty, unemployment and a lower life expectancy than other Canadians. 

Saskatchewan RCMP has confirmed that there are 10 dead while 15 are injured following the stabbings that occurred at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon

Saskatchewan RCMP has confirmed that there are 10 dead while 15 are injured following the stabbings that occurred at James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon

Coroners, police officers, and forensic teams gathered at the scenes of the stabbings on Sunday as they continued to piece together evidence and hunt down the two men. 

Speaking at a news conference in Regina, Blackmore said: ‘Let me be clear, we are still looking for the two suspects. We are asking residents across Saskatchewan and our neighboring provinces to be vigilant.’

Blackmore added: ‘Our thoughts are with the many victims deceased and injured their family, friends and communities. It is horrific what has occurred in our province today.

‘If Damian and Myles are listening or receive this information, I would ask that they turn themselves in to police immediately.’

Following the fatal stabbing spree, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: ‘The attacks in Saskatchewan today are horrific and heartbreaking. I’m thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured.’

‘We are closely monitoring the situation, and urge everyone to follow updates from local authorities,’ he continued. ‘Thank you to all the brave first responders for their efforts on the ground.’

There are 13 crime scenes, where either deceased or injured people were found, police confirmed.

Damien is described as five feet seven inches tall and 155 pounds, and Myles is described as as six-foot-one and 200 pounds. Both have black hair and brown eyes and may be driving a black Nissan Rogue.  

A police forensics team investigates a crime scene following the horrific killing spree

A police forensics team investigates a crime scene following the horrific killing spree

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted : 'The attacks in Saskatchewan today are horrific and heartbreaking. I¿m thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured'

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted : ‘The attacks in Saskatchewan today are horrific and heartbreaking. I’m thinking of those who have lost a loved one and of those who were injured’

The PM continued that they are closely monitoring the situation, and urge everyone to follow updates from local authorities

The PM continued that they are closely monitoring the situation, and urge everyone to follow updates from local authorities

A police officer walks through the scene of a stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan

A police officer walks through the scene of a stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan

The search for suspects was carried out as sports fans descended in Regina for a sold out annual Labor Day game between the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. 

But police urged those in attendance to stay vigilant as they deployed additional forces to put locals’ minds at ease following the brutal knifing spree.  

The RCMP said in a message on Twitter: ‘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 hitch hikers. 

‘Report suspicious persons, emergencies or info to 9-1-1. Do not disclose police locations.’

The Regina Police Service said in a news release that with the help of Mounties, it was working on several fronts to locate and arrest the suspects and had ‘deployed additional resources for public safety throughout the city, including the football game at Mosaic Stadium.’

The alert first issued by Melfort, Saskatchewan RCMP about 7am was extended hours later to cover Manitoba and Alberta, as the two suspects remained at large.

A police forensics team investigates a crime scene after multiple people were killed and injured in a stabbing spree

A police forensics team investigates a crime scene after multiple people were killed and injured in a stabbing spree

Rhonda Blackmore, the Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random. She couldn't provide a motive

Rhonda Blackmore, the Assistant Commissioner of the RCMP Saskatchewan, said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects but others appear to have been attacked at random. She couldn’t provide a motive

Damien is described as five feet seven inches tall and 155 pounds, and Myles is described as as six-foot-one and 200 pounds. Both have black hair and brown eyes and may be driving a black Nissan Rogue

Damien is described as five feet seven inches tall and 155 pounds, and Myles is described as as six-foot-one and 200 pounds. Both have black hair and brown eyes and may be driving a black Nissan Rogue

Canadian police said Sunday 10 people are dead from stabbings in 13 locations in two communities in the province of Saskatchewan and police are looking for two suspects

Canadian police said Sunday 10 people are dead from stabbings in 13 locations in two communities in the province of Saskatchewan and police are looking for two suspects

The Saskatchewan Health Authority said multiple patients were being treated at several sites.

‘A call for additional staff was issued to respond to the influx of casualties,’ authority spokeswoman Anne Linemann said in an email.

Mark Oddan, a spokesman with STARS Air Ambulance, said two helicopters were dispatched from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and another from Regina.

He said two carried patients to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, while the third carried a patient to Royal University from a hospital in Melfort, a short distance southeast of the village of Weldon.

Oddan said due to privacy laws, he could not disclose information about their ages, genders or conditions.

Diane Shier, a resident of Weldon resident Diane Shier told the VC Star that her neighbor, a man who lived with his grandson, was killed. She did not want to identify the victim out of respect for his family.

‘I am very upset because I lost a good neighbor,’ she said, explaining that she was in her garden on Sunday when she noticed emergency crews nearby.

A police forensics team investigates a crime scene after multiple people were killed and injured in a stabbing spree in Weldon, Saskatchewan

A police forensics team investigates a crime scene after multiple people were killed and injured in a stabbing spree in Weldon, Saskatchewan

Investigators gather in front of a table near the scene of stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan

Investigators gather in front of a table near the scene of stabbing in Weldon, Saskatchewan

The attack is among the deadliest mass killings in Canadian history.

The deadliest gun rampage in Canadian history happened in 2020 when a man disguised as a police officer shot people in their homes and set fires across the province of Nova Scotia, killing 22 people. 

A man used a van to kill 10 pedestrians in Toronto in 2019. But mass killings are less common in Canada than in the United States.

Deadly mass stabbings are more rare than mass shootings but have happened around the world. 

In 2014, 29 people were slashed and stabbed to death at a train station in China’s southwestern city of Kunming. 

In 2016, a mass stabbing at a facility for the mentally disabled in Sagamihara, Japan, left 19 people dead. A year later, three men killed eight people in a vehicle and stabbing attack at London Bridge.





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