The final suspect in the stabbing rampage in and around a Canadian reserve is dead from self-inflicted injuries, an official has said.
yles Sanderson, 32, was found near the town of Rosthern as officers responded to a report of a stolen vehicle being driven by a man armed with a knife, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
An official familiar with the matter said officers rammed Mr Sanderson’s vehicle off the road.
The official said the fugitive’s injuries were self-inflicted, but he did not have further details on when the injuries were inflicted or when he died.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity as the person was not authorised to speak publicly about the matter.
Video and photos from the scene showed a white SUV off to the side of the road with police cars all around. Air bags had deployed in the SUV.
Canadian police earlier said they had arrested the suspect.
The manhunt for the two brothers had entered its third day. The fugitive’s brother and fellow suspect, Damien Sanderson, 30, was found dead on Monday near the stabbing sites.
I’m extremely concerned with what occurred here. A community has been left reelingCanadian Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino
Police are investigating if Myles Sanderson killed his brother.
The stabbing rampage had raised questions of why Myles Sanderson — 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.
But 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 crime sheet also showed that seven years ago, he attacked and stabbed one of the victims killed in the weekend rampage, according to court records.
Canadian public safety minister Marco Mendicino said there will be an investigation into the parole board’s assessment of Sanderson.
“I want to know the reasons behind the decision” to release him, Mr Mendicino said. “I’m extremely concerned with what occurred here. A community has been left reeling.”
Investigators have not given a motive for the bloodshed.
The Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service said nine of those killed were from the James Smith Cree Nation: 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; and Robert Sanderson, 49. One was from Weldon, 78-year-old Wesley Patterson. Authorities would not say how the victims might be related.