Myles Sanderson, one of two suspects in the series of deadly stabbing attacks in Canada on Sunday, died shortly after his arrest on Wednesday afternoon, law enforcement said.
The suspect was arrested near Wakaw, about 90 km northeast of Saskatoon (central) after an extensive manhunt. Shortly after his arrest, the fugitive found himself in a state of “respiratory distress”. Paramedics were called to the scene to take him to a Saskatoon hospital, where he was pronounced dead. An inquest has been opened to determine the circumstances surrounding his death.
Myles Sanderson had been the subject of an extensive hunt since Sunday. He was to face counts of first degree murder, attempted murder and break and enter.
His brother, Damien Sanderson, was also accused of being behind the attacks before being found dead on Monday. The two brothers are suspected of being the perpetrators of the stabbing attacks in the James Smith Cree Nation and in the village of Weldon, Saskatchewan, which left 10 dead and 19 injured.
According to the RCMP, some victims of the assaults were targeted, while others were chosen at random. According to the Commanding Officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Saskatchewan, Rhonda Blackmore, the end of this manhunt allows the whole province to breathe a sigh of relief.
The RCMP still does not know the motive for the attacks that left 11 dead and 18 injured, she added. “Now that Myles Sanderson is deceased, we may never understand the motivations behind these attacks,” she said.
Saskatchewan Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Leader Bobby Cameron said many lives have been forever altered as a result of this tragedy.