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Myles Sanderson, one of two suspects in a deadly rampage that claimed the lives of 10 people earlier this month in Saskatchewan, Canada, was arrested by law enforcement on Sept. 7 but later died in custody. of the police.

Rhonda Blackmore, commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Saskatchewan, said on Thursday that police were still unsure what caused the suspect’s death and defended the approach they are taking in the investigation.

“I saw written that ‘somewhere in the trial, the police failed’ our duty of care. This statement is extremely premature as we do not yet have information on what led to his death,” Blackmore said in a statement. statement Thursday, eight days after Mylse Sanderson’s death.

“I ask all of you to remember that this is not a television drama in which we will have all the answers by the end of the episode. Complex investigations of this nature take time and we look forward to providing more details once confirmed.”

This combination of images shows Damien Sanderson, left, and his brother Myles Sanderson, suspected of stabbing that killed 10 people on the James Smith Cree Nation Reservation.
(Royal Canadian Mounted Police via AP)

Myles Sanderson, 32, is accused of stabbing multiple people on the morning of September 4 on the James Smith Cree Nation reservation.


His brother, 31-year-old Damien Sanderson, also a suspect in the stabbings, was found dead the next day near the stabbing sites with visible injuries that police do not believe were self-inflicted.

Two days later, police were responding to reports of a knife-wielding man driving a stolen vehicle when they located Myles on a highway. They forced his car off the road into a ditch and arrested him, but he went into medical danger and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“All the life-saving measures we are capable of were taken at that time,” Blackmore said that evening. “I can’t talk about the specific way of death. It will be part of the autopsy that will be conducted.”


The Saskatoon Police Service and the Saskatchewan Serious Incident Response Team are conducting an independent investigation into the death of Myles Sanderson, who was on probation after being released in February while serving a four-year sentence for assault and robbery.

He had a long record of 59 sentences and had been wanted by police since May for violating the terms of his release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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