2nd Suspect of Canada Stabbing Spree Myles Dies After Arrest

2nd Suspect of Canada Stabbing Spree Myles Dies After Arrest

Myles Sanderson, 30 year old, the second suspect in the Canada stabbing spree has died after the arrest in the police custody. According to the police, Myles experienced “medical distress” after the arrest on a motorway in the province of Saskatchewan following a high-speed chase and died later.

Sanderson’s demise clouded prospects of investigators ever clearly determining a motive for Sunday’s deadly attacks, one of the bloodiest acts of mass violence in the country’s history.

It was found that Myles Sanderson(30) and Damien Sanderson(31), were two brothers who were responsible for the stabbing spree that killed 10 people and left 18 people injured.

Damien Sanderson was found dead on the James Smith Cree Nation in a “heavily grassed area” near a house. The police suspected that Damien must be killed by Myles as the injuries found on his body were not self-inflicted.

Myles Sanderson was arrested near the town of Rosthern, roughly midway between Weldon and Saskatchewan’s largest city, Saskatoon, after a resident of an adjacent town reported spotting him with a knife attempting to break in.

He then sped off in a stolen pickup truck, the police said. An hour and a half later, at 3:30 P.m., officers spotted the truck topping 90 mph on a highway and pursued it. After they forced it into a ditch, officers surrounded the vehicle and arrested Myles Sanderson. He was alone, and it wasn’t clear where he was headed.

After he showed signs of distress, officers administered lifesaving measures, and an ambulance took him to the hospital, reported by Rhonda Blackmore, a commanding officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Blackmore gave no details on the cause of death. But an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, earlier said Sanderson died of self-inflicted injuries, without elaborating. The police recovered a knife from the truck, but there were no drugs found during an initial search.

Videos of the arrest made by passing motorists and posted on social media showed Sanderson being handcuffed by four officers as he stood against a Chevrolet pickup that appeared to have been run off the divided, four-lane road.

The news of his arrest and then his death came on the same day that the authorities released the names of the victims killed on Sunday.

The list of the dead includes Earl Burns, 66, a school bus driver in an Indigenous community who, wounded in a stabbing rampage, managed to board his bus and head toward a village for help. He died along the way and the bus veered off a gravel road. It was there still Wednesday, sitting in a ditch with a police cruiser beside it, covered in road dust.

Myles was the common-law husband of Mr. Burns’s daughter, and he told a parole board that granted his early release from prison this year that he intended to reunite with her. Court documents said Sanderson attacked his in-laws Earl Burns and Joyce Burns in 2015, knifing Earl Burns repeatedly and wounding Joyce Burns. He later pleaded guilty to assault and threatening Earl Burns’ life.  

Six of those killed in the stabbing spree were members of the Burns family. Some were in their 20s, at the beginning of their adult lives. Others were older, enjoying their retirement.

The stabbings raised questions of why Myles Sanderson who was an ex-con with 59 convictions and a long history of shocking violence was out on the streets in the first place. He was released by a parole board in February while serving a sentence of over four years on charges that included assault and robbery.

He had been wanted by police since May, apparently for violating the terms of his release, though the details were not immediately clear. His long and lurid rap sheet also showed that seven years ago, he attacked and stabbed one of the victims killed in Sunday’s stabbings, according to court records.

Many of Sanderson’s crimes were committed when he was intoxicated, according to court records. He told parole officials at one point that substance use made him out of his mind. Records showed he repeatedly violated court orders barring him from drinking or using drugs.

Mendicino, the public safety minister, has said there will be an investigation into the parole board’s assessment of Sanderson. He said “I want to know the reasons behind the decision to release him. I’m extremely concerned with what occurred here. A community has been left reeling.”

Out of the 10 victims killed in the stabbing spree, 9 were the residents of James Smith Cree Nation. The victims of the stabbing spree were

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

Mark Arcand said his half sister Bonnie and her son Gregory were killed. He said “Her son was lying there already deceased. My sister went out and tried to help her son, and she was stabbed two times, and she died right beside him. Right outside of her home she was killed by senseless acts. She was protecting her son. She was protecting three little boys. This is why she is a hero.”

Arcand rushed to the reserve the morning of the rampage. After that, he said, “I woke up in the middle of the night just screaming and yelling. What I saw that day I can’t get out of my head.”

Mr. Petterson was described by neighbours as a bird lover who had campaigned against the cutting of trees in the area, and was a jovial fixture of their community. One of his neighbours, Ruby Works, said  “This man did not deserve to die like this”.

The Saskatchewan slayings have shaken all of Canada, where violent crime is relatively rare. Many residents of the James Smith Cree Nation had fled to nearby communities as the hunt for the suspects dragged on but now they can come back.

Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, said in a statement on Wednesday night that the communities traumatised by Sunday’s violence can at least “now take comfort that Mr. Myles Sanderson is no longer a risk to their safety.”

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