Damien Sanderson: One suspect in Canada was found dead, the other is still missing



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Damien Sanderson, one of the suspects in a mass stabbing in Saskatchewan, Canada, which resulted in 10 dead and 18 injured, was found dead Monday morning in the James Smith Cree Nation in a grassy area near a house, according to the Royal. Canadian Mounted Deputy Commissioner of Police Rhonda Blackmore.

Sanderson sustained injuries that were not believed to be self-inflicted, Blackmore said.

Myles Sanderson, Damien’s brother, could be injured and see a doctor, Blackmore added. “Even if he’s injured, it doesn’t mean he’s not dangerous yet.”

Blackmore said Myles has a long criminal record involving both people and property crimes and told the public not to approach him if he is seen.

Previous authorities said the suspects were believed to be traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan 119 MPI registration, while noting that it was unclear whether they might have switched vehicles. The vehicle was seen in Regina with two people on board.

Myles Sanderson was charged with first degree murder, attempted murder and trespassing, the RCMP said Monday.

“Unfortunately, tragedies like these have become all too common in recent years,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. “We will do what we always do in times of difficulty and anguish, we will be present for each other, we will be present for our neighbor, we rely on each other, we will help to suffer and help to heal”.

Trudeau said he called the leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation to offer federal resources. The Prime Minister said the flags of the federal buildings and the Ottawa Peace Tower will be flown at half mast.

A police forensic team investigates a crime scene in the stabbing madness that resulted in 10 deaths.

According to a press release, leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation declared a state of emergency on Sunday in response to “numerous murders and assaults” on community members. At least one attack also occurred in the neighboring community of Weldon, police said.

“This is certainly a very significant event, if not the biggest we have seen in recent years,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore.

Apparently some victims were targeted while others may have been attacked by chance, police said.

Authorities urge area residents to be vigilant and take precautions, including on-site shelter in some communities.

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As the manhunt continues, here’s what we know:

Police received the first report of a stabbing at the James Smith Cree Nation at 5:40 am local time, and several more calls arrived within minutes to report more stabbings across the community, police said.

Within hours, the situation turned into a mass stabbing with at least 25 victims, 10 of whom died, police said.

Timeline of key events

Sunday 4th September

5:40 Saskatchewan police receive a phone call reporting a stabbing at the James Smith Cree Nation. In the following minutes, further stabbings were reported in various locations in the community.

7:12 Police issue a “Dangerous Person Warning”, informing James Smith Cree Nation residents and surrounding communities of the stabbings and asking the public to seek shelter.

7:57 The alert is updated with the names, descriptions and pictures of the suspects. The suspects are identified as Damien Sanderson and Miles Sanderson.

8:20 The dangerous persons alert was extended to the entire province of Saskatchewan after investigations confirmed that the suspects are traveling in a vehicle.

9:45 am An updated warning indicates that there are casualties in multiple locations, including the village of Weldon, and that some victims may have been randomly attacked.

11:25 Manitoba and Alberta authorities are requested to extend the alert to those provinces.

12:07 After the news of the sighting of the vehicle of suspects in Regina, a notice is sent to the residents there.

Monday 5th September

7:36 Regina’s police chief says the manhunt continues.

11:30Authorities find a deceased man with injuries near a home in the James Smith Cree Nation. The body is later identified by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as that of Damien Sanderson.

17:53Regina Police Chief Evan Bray says they are operating under the impression that Myles Sanderson is still in town.

Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Times are local

Three STARS Air Ambulance helicopters were sent to the James Smith Cree Nation during the attack, company spokesman Mark Oddan told CNN. The first crew to arrive moved on to victim triage and the second plane brought in a doctor to help with triage and lead emergency response, he said.

Helicopter crews took some of the victims to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, and many more patients were taken to local hospitals by ground ambulances, Oddan said. He was unable to provide details on the patients or their condition.

Police issued multiple warnings of dangerous people throughout the morning, expanding into the province of Saskatchewan and neighboring Manitoba and Alberta.

The Canadian Minister of Public Security Marco Mendicino asked residents to take refuge.

“Everyone in Saskatchewan, especially those in the vicinity of the James Smith Cree First Nation area, please take shelter and stay safe,” he tweeted.

Authorities have identified 13 separate scenes in which the attacks took place. There may be other victims who were injured and transported to hospital, police said, urging possible victims to contact law enforcement.

“Our thoughts go out to the many deceased and injured victims, their family, friends and the community. It’s horrible what happened in our province today, ”Blackmore said.

Less than three hours after the first attack was reported, police identified Damian Sanderson and Myles Sanderson as suspects in the stabbings.

Myles Sanderson, 30, is 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs 240 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, according to police.

Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson

The vehicle in which was believed to have been spotted around 11:45 am in Regina, police said. Regina is located more than 300 kilometers (186 mi) south of the James Smith Cree Nation.

Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said Monday afternoon: “We are still operating under the impression that Myles is in this community.”

The vehicle was not found, he said.

The attacks shook Canadian residents and officials.

Saskatchewan Prime Minister Scott Moe expressed his condolences to the people of the province in a tweet.

“There are no words to adequately describe the pain and loss caused by this senseless violence. All of Saskatchewan is grieving with the victims and their families, ”Moe wrote.

The RCMP in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba are jointly investigating the stabbings.

“We are dedicating a maximum number of resources to this investigation,” Blackmore said.

Two emergency centers have been established to “provide health support” to affected communities, leaders of the James Smith Cree Nation said in a statement.

There were 242 fatal stabbings across Canada in 2021, according to the country’s national statistics office. It was an increase compared to 2020, when there were 237 stabbing murders and to 2019 when there were 214. Last year there were 297 fatal shootings, compared to 278 in 2020 and 264 in 2019. About 38.6 million of people live in Canada.

In response to Sunday’s stabbings, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League announced increased security personnel during the game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday. The Roughriders play at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium.

“The Club operates a centralized command (center) on match day which allows immediate connection to local emergency services and the ability to receive up-to-the-minute information when any kind of emergency occurs,” the team said in a note on Twitter.