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What we know about the two suspects in the mass stabbing in Saskatchewan


Saskatchewan police say both suspects are dead after multiple stabbings on Sunday that left 10 people dead and 18 others injured.

Damien Sanderson, 31, and Myles Sanderson, 30, were wanted by Saskatchewan RCMP in connection with the attacks that took place across the James Smith Cree Nation and the neighbouring village of Weldon on Sunday.

At a news conference Monday afternoon, Sask. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said forensic investigators had found Damien Sanderson’s body at James Smith Cree Nation. Blackmore said his visible injuries “are not believed to be self-inflicted at this point."

Damien’s brother, Myles, remained at large until Wednesday, when he was located and taken into custody in Rosthern, Sask. Police said he went into medical distress a short time after his arrest, and was pronounced dead in hospital.

Earlier in the week, Blackmore said police expected he would be injured and may be looking for medical attention.

"Even if (Myles) is injured it does not mean he is not still dangerous," Blackmore said, warning civilians to be vigilant.

Myles was last known to be travelling in a black Nissan Rogue with the licence plate 119 MPI. Police originally said Myles was last spotted in Regina, however on Tuesday they said he may no longer be in the city.

"Today we've received information that is leading us to believe he may no longer be in this community," Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said in a statement on Twitter.

"As a result, investigations continue and although we don't know his whereabouts we are still looking not only within the City of Regina, but expanded into the province as well." 

He was found Wednesday about 325 kilometres north of Regina.

A warrant was issued for Myles on charges that include first-degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering. None of the charges have been tested in court.

In advisories issued prior to his arrest, police described Myles as six feet one inch tall, 240 pounds and having black hair and brown eyes. Citing Parole Board of Canada documents, The Canadian Press has reported that he has a long criminal record, including several prior assault convictions.

“He has been wanted since May for failing to report to his parole officer,” Canadian Press reporter Mickey Djuric told CTV’s Your Morning on Tuesday.

“His criminal record dates back about 20 years, he has 59 convictions that include property crimes and crimes against people like assaults and attacking a police officer.”

The motive behind the stabbings remains unknown, but RCMP believe some of the victims were targeted by the suspects while others were attacked at random. Some of the victims, including a 77-year-old man, have been identified by their families.

Anyone who encountered the suspect was asked to call 911 and leave the area immediately.

With files from CTV News Regina, The Canadian Press and's Rhythm Sachdeva Top Stories

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