Canadian police report possible sighting of stabbings suspect on Indigenous reserve
The second of two suspects in a fatal stabbing in Canada over the weekend was allegedly seen in an Aboriginal reserve where some of the attacks took place, authorities said Tuesday. Residents of James Smith Cree Nation have been told to stay indoors Saskatchewan RCMP tweeted.
The RCMP said it was responding to the scene and encouraged residents not to approach the suspect. Police are asking residents to call 911 to report any sightings or information.
An Associated Press reporter heard people screaming and running on Tuesday afternoon and saw police surrounding a James Smith Cree Aboriginal home.
Phone emergency alerts are warning people to shelter in place.
Myles Sanderson, 30, has been the focus of intense searches since then 10 dead, 19 injured in stabbing rampage. His 31-year-old brother, Damien Sanderson, is found dead on monday outside the house.The two had charged Murder and other charges in one of the nation’s deadliest mass killings.
Damian had “obvious injuries” that did not appear to be self-inflicted. Saskatchewan RCMP Commander Rhonda Blackmore told reporters at a news conference Monday that his exact cause of death will be determined by the Saskatchewan Coroner’s Office.
Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said Miles Sanderson was last seen in Regina, the provincial capital more than 200 miles from the scene of the stabbing. Earlier Monday, police said a vehicle with two suspects was found in the Regina area. Police said they may have been driving a black Nissan Rogue.
Damian’s death brings the total number of fatalities in the incident to 11, with 19 injured and 13 at the crime scene, Blackmore said.
The stabbing caused James Smith Kerry to declare a state of emergency and shook residents of the nearby village of Weldon.
Police said the motive for the attack was unclear. Some of the stabbing victims appear to have been targeted by suspects, but others appear to have been attacked randomly, Blackmore said.
Although police have yet to confirm a motive, the president of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Peoples issued a statement saying the stabbing may have been drug-related.