Saskatchewan RCMP say 10 dead, 15 hospitalized after stabbings, suspects still at large

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Melfort RCMP have issued a provincewide dangerous persons alert after multiple people were stabbed in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Sask.

RCMP said in a press conference at 3:40 CT that they found 10 people deceased and at least 15 people have been hospitalized. RCMP said they found 13 incident locations in James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon.

"There maybe additional injured victims who transported themselves to various hospitals," Rhonda Blackmore, commanding officer of the Saskatchewan RCMP, said.

"We are currently actively looking for it, dedicating maximum resources to this."

RCMP said they received a report that the two suspects, identified as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, may have been travelling in the Arcola Avenue area in Regina. Regina Police said the suspects were seen around 11:20 a.m.

An RCMP alert was first issued at 7:12 a.m. CT Sunday and has since had several updates. RCMP said two male suspects are believed to be in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan licence plate 119 MPI. As the suspects may have access to a vehicle, the RCMP have expanded the alert provincewide.

With the suspects at large, Blackmore said they had also asked for the alert to be extended to Manitoba and Alberta.

"At this point in time, we have no indication they travelled to another province," she said.

Damien Sanderson is 31 years old, five feet seven inches tall, weighing 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Myles Sanderson is 30 years old, six feet and one inch tall and 240 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Blackmore said at the press conference the relationship between the suspects is presently unclear.

The location and direction of the suspects' travel is unknown, Blackmore said, but everyone in Saskatchewan needs to remain vigilant as this one of the largest and most significant events they have seen in recent years.

"We don't know if they have changed their vehicle," she said. "At this stage in our investigation, we believe some victims have been targeted by the suspect and others have been attacked randomly."

Police are asking Regina residents to take precautions and consider sheltering in place. RCMP said residents should be careful about allowing others into their home and to not leave a secure location.

Residents in the Regina area are also being advised to not approach suspicious persons and to not pick up hitchhikers.

Instead, the RCMP said they should report suspicious persons, emergencies or information to 911. They are also being asked to not share the locations of police.

 
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James Smith Cree Nation state of emergency​

In response to the "mass casualties" on James Smith Cree Nation the community, along with the Chakastaypasin Band of the Cree Nation and Peter Chapman Band, declared a state of emergency at noon Sunday.

It's set to remain in place until 5 p.m. on Sept 30.

STARS response​

Three STARS air ambulances were dispatched to James Smith Cree Nation starting at around 6 a.m. CT Sunday.


Mark Oddan, a STARS air ambulance spokesperson, told CBC News said two of those helicopters were sent from Saskatoon and one from Regina.

The first crew from Saskatoon triaged patients at the scene, and the second aircraft brought a physician to the scene to lead the response.

With the physician included, there were 13 crew in total who attended the scene.

Other ground crews transported patients to Prince Albert, Nipawin and Melfort hospitals, Oddan said in the email.

The three STARS ambulances transported one patient each to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Two patients were taken from the scene and one was transported from the hospital in Melfort where they had arrived via ground ambulance.

Hospitals call for staff​

Anne Lindemann, a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), said in an email the health authority activated its emergency response process to answer the "influx of casualties," including calling for additional staff.

The SHA did not specify how many people were injured in the stabbings and did not confirm any deaths at the time, but said multiple people are being triaged and cared for at multiple sites.

"As with any incident with a high number of casualties, our emergency preparedness teams are responding to the evolving needs to ensure patients are triaged and cared for appropriately," it said.

Prince Albert, Regina Police assist manhunt​

The Prince Albert Police Service and Regina Police Service are assisting Saskatchewan RCMP in searching for the two suspects.

In Prince Albert, police said officers are occupying checkpoints across the city.

Residents are being asked to stay at a secure location and to be cautious around letting anyone inside their home.

Motorists and residents should also expect traffic delays.


In Regina, police are "actively investigating on several fronts to locate and arrest the suspects," the service said in a news release.

"In addition, RPS has deployed additional resources for public safety throughout the city, including the football game at Mosaic Stadium."

The Labour Day Classic CFL football game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers is scheduled to continue as planned with an increased police presence in the area, including in Mosaic Stadium.STARS response
Three STARS air ambulances were dispatched to James Smith Cree Nation starting at around 6 a.m. CT Sunday.

Mark Oddan, a STARS air ambulance spokesperson, told CBC News said two of those helicopters were sent from Saskatoon and one from Regina.

The first crew from Saskatoon triaged patients at the scene, and the second aircraft brought a physician to the scene to lead the response.

With the physician included, there were 13 crew in total who attended the scene.

Other ground crews transported patients to Prince Albert, Nipawin and Melfort hospitals, Oddan said in the email.

The three STARS ambulances transported one patient each to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Two patients were taken from the scene and one was transported from the hospital in Melfort where they had arrived via ground ambulance.

Hospitals call for staff
Anne Lindemann, a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), said in an email the health authority activated its emergency response process to answer the "influx of casualties," including calling for additional staff.

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The SHA did not specify how many people were injured in the stabbings and did not confirm any deaths at the time, but said multiple people are being triaged and cared for at multiple sites.

"As with any incident with a high number of casualties, our emergency preparedness teams are responding to the evolving needs to ensure patients are triaged and cared for appropriately," it said.

Prince Albert, Regina Police assist manhunt
The Prince Albert Police Service and Regina Police Service are assisting Saskatchewan RCMP in searching for the two suspects.

In Prince Albert, police said officers are occupying checkpoints across the city.

Residents are being asked to stay at a secure location and to be cautious around letting anyone inside their home.

Motorists and residents should also expect traffic delays.

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In Regina, police are "actively investigating on several fronts to locate and arrest the suspects," the service said in a news release.

"In addition, RPS has deployed additional resources for public safety throughout the city, including the football game at Mosaic Stadium."

The Labour Day Classic CFL football game between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers is scheduled to continue as planned with an increased police presence in the area, including in Mosaic Stadium.
 
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Saskatoon police confirm that they've been searching for James Smith Cree Nation suspect Myles Sanderson since May.

That's when the 30-year-old stopped meeting with his parole officer and was classified as "unlawfully at large."

Sanderson had been serving a nearly five-year federal sentence for assault, robbery, mischief and uttering threats. He made parole, and then disappeared.

Police from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are still searching for Myles and Damien Sanderson, 31, who are at the centre of a dangerous persons alert across all three provinces after a string of fatal stabbings, according to an update from Regina police Monday morning.

In an update posted to Twitter at 7:36 a.m. CST on Monday, Regina police Chief Evan Bray said the two suspects are still at large despite "ongoing, relentless efforts through the night" from Regina police and RCMP officers to apprehend them.

(RCMP confirmed at a news conference Sunday afternoon that 10 people have been killed, with another 15 hospitalized, following a stabbing spree in 13 different locations in James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon, Sask.)

Damien Sanderson is described as five feet seven inches tall and 155 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Myles Sanderson is described as six feet and one inch tall and 240 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

RCMP say the relationship between Damien and Myles Sanderson is unclear? During a news conference Sunday afternoon, RCMP couldn't confirm whether the two men were related.
 
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“This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we demand all authorities to take direction from the chiefs and councils and their membership to create safer and healthier communities for our people,” said Chief Bobby Cameron.
 

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Cop presence in my neighbourhood is crazy right now. This last fucker is going to have to sleep off his high and hes going to be hungry.

Or is it still 2 on the loose.
 
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This is pretty terrible. I'm hearing a rumour that the dead person isn't actually the second brother and that it might have been a case of mistaken identity, but as with all these kinds of fluid situations it's impossible to really know what's going on at the moment.
 

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RCMP say the relationship between Damien and Myles Sanderson is unclear? During a news conference Sunday afternoon, RCMP couldn't confirm whether the two men were related.
Police confirm that Myles and Damien were brothers. Go figure, & I assumed cousins, or brother-cousins.

Police confirm that Damien’s body was found in a heavily-grassed area near a house that is being examined, and that his body had injuries. RCMP did not say what those injuries were.

Blackmore said they suspect that Myles may also be injured.

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He was also confirmed to have a Canada-wide warrant for his arrest since May due to unrelated charges.
 

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I just went to make my girlfriend a burrito and caught the tail end of a new story on the radio. Whoever they were interviewing has just stated that “The violence on the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon SK is due to colonialism and the aftermath of the residential school system.” So at least that mystery is solved. One less X-File.
 

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I just went to make my girlfriend a burrito and caught the tail end of a new story on the radio. Whoever they were interviewing has just stated that “The violence on the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon SK is due to colonialism and the aftermath of the residential school system.” So at least that mystery is solved. One less X-File.
Sigh. Well they're partially right. The constant blaming of 'colonializsm' and the Rez schools for everything a first nations person does that's bad is certainly perpetuating the problems.