One of two suspects in one of the worst mass killings in Canada’s recent history has been found dead, police have said.
On Sunday at least 10 people were killed and 18 injured during a spree of stabbings in the indigenous communities of James Cree Nation and Weldon in the province of Saskatchewan.
Damien Sanderson was found dead from wounds that did not seem self-inflicted. The second suspect, Myles Sanderson, is still at large and thought perhaps to be injured.
"Even if he is injured, it does not mean he is not still dangerous," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore warned the public.
Mr Sanderson has been charged with murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering.
1/2 Update for Dangerous Person Alert issued by Melfort RCMP: Damien Sanderson has been located deceased. #RCMPSK continues to search for Myles Sanderson, who is 6 foot one inch and 240 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He may be injured and seek medical attention. pic.twitter.com/LeS7mWGaL9
— RCMP Saskatchewan (@RCMPSK) September 5, 2022
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called local leaders in James Cree Nation and offered federal assistance. The Canadian flag will be flown at half mast from all federal buildings and Ottawa’s Peace Tower.
"Sadly over these past years tragedies like these have become all too commonplace," Mr Trudeau said.
"We'll do what we always do in times of difficulty and anguish, we'll be there for each other, be there for our neighbours, lean on each other, help grieve and help heal."
Main image: Investigators gather in front of a crime scene in Weldon, Sask., Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022. Picture by: The Canadian Press/Alamy Live News