Police arrest Canadian knife attack suspect; 10 people died

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Police located and arrested the suspect of participating in a knife attack that left 10 dead, this Sunday (4), in Saskatchewan, in Canada . Myles Sanderson was arrested Wednesday, according to a tweet from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Saskatchewan.

Damien Sanderson, the second suspect in the mass stabbing, was found dead on Monday, Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, the commanding officer of the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) Saskatchewan, told a news conference.

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The 10 victims of the mass stabbing range in age from 23 to 78 and all but one are from the James Smith Cree Nation Indian community, officials said.

The Saskatchewan Coroner’s Service and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of Saskatchewan provided the victims’ names and ages in a statement on Wednesday, but declined to confirm relationships between them. Six of the victims share the last name Burns, two share the last name Head, and one share the last name of the two suspects in the attacks.

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The victims were identified as:

  • Thomas Burns, 23;
  • Carol Burns, 46;
  • Gregory Burns, 28;
  • Lydia Gloria Burns, 61;
  • Bonnie Burns, 48;
  • Earl Burns, 66;
  • Lana Head, 49;
  • Christian Head, 54;
  • Robert Sanderson, 49;
  • Wesley Peterson, 78.

Petterson is from Weldon, Saskatchewan, while the other nine victims are from James Smith Cree Nation.

Several family members of some victims spoke at a press conference on Wednesday about their loved ones. Saskatoon tribal chief Mark Arcand identified Bonnie Burns as his sister and Gregory Burns as his son, and said another of his sons was stabbed but survived.

“Let me be honest in saying this, we really don’t know what happened. We just know that our family members were killed in their own home, in their backyard,” Arcand said.

In addition, 18 people were injured in the knife attacks, but authorities will not release their identities. “We can confirm that one teenager was injured and the others injured are all adults. We will not confirm other specific ages,” the agencies said.

Three patients were in critical condition and seven were in stable condition as of Tuesday, according to the Saskatchewan Health Authority.

Victim information came as Canadian police continued their massive search for one of two suspects in the attacks, which spanned 13 different crime scenes in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, a nearby rural village in Saskatchewan.

Suspect had ‘long’ criminal history and was released by parole board

Myles Sanderson had warrants for his arrest prior to the stabbings.

“Myles’ record goes back several years and includes crimes against property and crimes against people,” Blackmore said, without going into detail about the alleged crimes.

“His actions showed that he is violent and so we continue to emphasize that people remain vigilant,” Blackmore added.

Sanderson received legal release from the Parole Board of Canada, according to a decision made on February 1, 2022.

Legal release is a presumptive release by law that allows an offender to serve part of their sentence in the community under direct supervision, according to the council.

Under Canadian law, the Correctional Service of Canada must release most offenders with supervision after they have served two-thirds of their sentence, if they have not yet received parole, except those serving a life sentence.

The board said in the ruling that it did not believe Sanderson would pose a risk to the public if he were released. The ruling noted his long criminal history and that he was evaluated by a psychologist for “moderate risk of violence”.

“His criminal history is very concerning, including his use of violence and weapons in connection with his predicate crimes and his history of domestic violence that victimized family members, including his children and non-family members,” the ruling states.

In a statement, the Parole Board said it “extends its thoughts to the victims, their families and all those impacted as a result of these senseless and horrific acts of violence.”

Citing the Privacy Act, the council said it could not discuss details of an offender’s case.

Source: CNN Brasil

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