Stab suspect Damien Sanderson dead, possibly killed by brother: police

One of two brothers suspected of carrying out a mass assault in Saskatchewan, Canada, on Sunday was found dead by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

The body of 31-year-old Damien Sanderson was recovered Monday afternoon by RCMP officers from Saskatchewan on the James Smith Cree Nation, a remote Indigenous community. Damien and his brother Myles Sanderson were suspected of killing 11 people and injuring 19 others at 13 crime scenes on the community property and in the nearby village of Weldon.

The brothers were last sighted by members of the public in Regina a few hours after the attacks. RCMP said they were operating “under the impression” that Myles, who may be injured, may still be in town. Investigators are also investigating the possibility that Damien may have been killed by his brother.

“A deceased man was found on the James Smith Cree Nation,” Rhonda Blackmore, RCMP commanding officer, Saskatchewan Deputy Commissioner, said during a news conference. “The deceased was confirmed to be Damien Sanderson by the RCMP’s Saskatchewan Forensic Examination Division.

“We can confirm that he has visible injuries,” she continued. “It is not believed at this time that these injuries were self-inflicted. The exact cause of death is being determined in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Office, with a date and time to be determined for that inquest. Myles Sanderson, Damien’s brother, possibly suffered injuries. This has not been confirmed.”

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Officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are pictured in this photo taken on Vancouver Island, Canada, on September 4, 2021. RCMP said one of two brothers suspected of leading a mass attack that killed 11 people was found dead Monday.

Blackmore said the public should know that Myles could have his injuries treated medically. He is considered “armed and dangerous” and should not be spoken to if spotted.

“Even if he’s injured, that doesn’t mean he’s not still dangerous,” Blackmore said. “Myles has a long criminal record involving both personal and property crimes. Myles is facing three counts of first degree murder and is wanted… If you know where he is, call 911 immediately.”

When asked if Myles had been named as a suspect in Damien’s death, Blackmore said police were investigating the possibility but couldn’t “say either way.”

“We haven’t confirmed that,” she said. “We can’t say one way or the other if Myles was involved in Damien’s death.

Police believe some of the stabbing victims were deliberately attacked, while others were attacked indiscriminately. The motive for the stabbing is still unclear.

Little additional information was available on the victims, although Blackmore said male and female victims of various ages were included, with the youngest person to die being born in 1999.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau described Sunday’s killing spree as “heartbreaking” and said he was “shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks” and that those responsible “must be brought fully to justice”.

news week turned to Saskatchewan RCMP for further comments. Stab suspect Damien Sanderson dead, possibly killed by brother: police

Rick Schindler

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