latest suspect in deadly Sunday attacks arrested

latest suspect in deadly Sunday attacks arrested

Myles Sanderson was arrested and detained on Wednesday after a three-day run for the stabbing of a dozen people in the province of Saskatchewan. He would have died soon after.

The latest suspect in attacks that left 10 dead and 18 injured on Sunday in a community in central Canada was arrested on Wednesday, September 7, police said, ending more than three days of stalking. “Myles Sanderson was located and taken into custody near Rosthern, Saskatchewan at approximately 3:30 p.m.” (9:30 p.m. GMT), the provincial police said on their Facebook account. “There is no longer a risk to public safety related to this investigation”she added, taking the opportunity to thank the inhabitants who provided “relevant information”. Several Canadian media announced in the evening that Myles Sanderson would have died shortly after, without further details.

The police had been tracking since Sunday in the center west of the country Myles Sanderson, 32, suspected of being responsible, with his brother Damien, for one of the deadliest attacks in recent years in the country. Known to the police and the justice system for multiple acts of violence, thefts, Myles Sanderson was already wanted since last May for not having respected his judicial control.

Monday, the body of his brother Damien Sanderson, suspected of being his accomplice, was found, larded with several stab wounds near the crime scene. The circumstances of his death remain to be clarified, but he could have been killed by his brother, according to the police. “As we do not know where he is, we ask the population to take the necessary precautions”had repeated tirelessly the police, who had extended the search area to the entire province of Saskatchewan, a vast rural territory made up of immense prairies.

A nightmare”

On Wednesday, authorities released the identities of those killed, nine out of 10 from the James Smith Cree Nation community, and the last from the nearby village of Weldon. They are men and women between the ages of 23 and 78. Among the injured is a “young teenager” and seventeen adults, added the federal police. Before the suspect’s arrest was announced, and for the first time since Sunday, some families spoke publicly to tell their “nightmare”.

“It is a difficult time for our families”told Mark Arcand to the press, referring to “horrific and senseless acts”. His sister Bonnie Burns, 48, and his nephew Grégory Burns, 28, are among the victims. “Bonnie always put others before herself”he said, very moved. “She did everything she could to provide for her family. Her home was filled with love and attention.. Mark Arcand also wondered about the course of the attacks. “How did this happen? Why did this happen? We don’t really know what happened. We have no answers”.

It was a war zone. In their eyes, you could see the pain and suffering of those who were assaulted. »

Michael Brett Burn, close to the victims

So far, relatives have chosen to express themselves almost exclusively on social networks, asking the media to stay away from their community, which numbers only 3,400 individuals. “I lost a lot of my family members, there were bodies all over the ground, some dead and several others with serious stab wounds and bleeding”thus described Michael Brett Burns on Facebook. “It was a war zone. In their eyes you could see the pain and suffering of those who were assaulted.”, he added. In another message, Dillon Burns said his mother Gloria had died “protecting a young man when he was attacked”adding that“She would have done the same for all of us… (same) for the man who took his life”.

According to the police, some victims were targeted while others were randomly beaten. In Canada, aboriginal people represent approximately 5% of the 38 million inhabitants, and live in communities often ravaged by unemployment and poverty. They are also more often victims of homicide. Ten patients were still hospitalized on Wednesday and three remained in critical condition, according to health authorities.

In recent years, Canada has experienced a succession of events of rare violence for the country. In April 2020, a shooter posing as a police officer killed 22 people in Nova Scotia. In January 2017, six people were killed and five were injured in attacks on a mosque in Quebec.

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