One of the suspects in a widespread stabbing spree was found dead by Canadian police on Monday, while the second suspect—his brother—remained at large and was possibly injured, according to officials.
In a nation unaccustomed to outbreaks of widespread violence, the brothers Damien and Myles Sanderson are accused of killing 10 people and injuring 18 others during a stabbing spree that wreaked havoc on an indigenous hamlet in Saskatchewan on Sunday.
The assaults were among the worst in contemporary Canadian history. Police reported that while some of the victims looked to have been targeted, others appeared to be victims at random.
A mother of two, a 77-year-old widower, and a first responder were among the dead.
On the James Smith Cree Nation, Damien Sanderson, 31, was discovered dead in a grassy area after a manhunt involving hundreds of police officers. His brother, who was previously sought for violent crimes, may have killed Damien, according to some reports.
Myles Sanderson, the brother who is still at large, 30, “may have incurred injuries” and may be looking for medical help, according to Rhonda Blackmore, the commanding officer of the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who made the announcement at a press conference.
Blackmore reported that the casualty counts now stood at 11 dead and 19 injured following the death of one Sanderson brother and the injuring of the other.
“We can confirm he has visible injuries. These injuries are not believed to be self-inflicted at this point, “Blackmore stated without elaborating on the nature of the wounds.
When asked if Myles Sanderson was suspected of also killing his brother, Blackmore replied, “It is an investigative avenue that we are following up on but we can’t say that definitively.”
She further stated that even if Myles Sanderson were hurt, authorities would still view him as a threat to the public.
“Myles has a lengthy criminal record involving both persons and property crimes. … We consider him armed and dangerous. Do not approach him,” said Blackmore.
Myles Sanderson, who was serving a term for assault, robbery, mischief, and uttering threats, stopped meeting with his parole officer in May, and police in the Saskatchewan city of Saskatoon have been looking for him ever since, according to CBC News.