The latest suspect in the attacks that killed ten people and injured 18 on Sunday (September 4) in a community in central Canada was arrested on Wednesday, police said, ending more than three days of monitoring. “Myles Sanderson was located and taken into custody near Rosthern, Saskatchewan around 3:30 pm.” (11:30 pm Paris time), provincial police said on their Facebook account. Shortly after his arrest, the suspect committed suicide in circumstances not yet established, according to Canadian media.
“There is no longer a public safety risk associated with this investigation”had communicated the police of the province taking the opportunity to thank the inhabitants who have provided “relevant information”. Known to the police and justice for multiple acts of violence, thefts, Myles Sanderson was wanted since last May for not respecting his judicial control.
The body of his brother, Damien Sanderson, suspected of being his accomplice, was found on Monday with several stab wounds near the crime scene. The circumstances of his death remain to be clarified, but he may have been killed by his brother, according to the police, who had extended the search area to the entire province of Saskatchewan, a vast rural territory made up of immense grasslands.
“Horrible and senseless acts”
On Wednesday, authorities revealed the identity of the people killed. Nine out of ten are from the James Smith Cree Nation Aboriginal community, with the tenth coming from the nearby village of Weldon. According to the police, some victims were targeted while others were randomly beaten.
They are men and women between the ages of 23 and 78. Among the wounded there is a “young teenager” and seventeen adults, federal police added. Before the arrest of the suspect was announced, some families spoke publicly about theirs for the first time ” nightmare “. “It’s a difficult time for our families”told Mark Arcand to the press, referring to “Horrible and senseless acts”. His sister Bonnie Burns, 48, and his nephew Gregory Burns, 28, are among the victims.
“Bonnie always puts others before herself.he said, very moved. He did everything he could to provide for his family. Her house was full of love and attention. “
“A war zone”
Mr. Arcand also questioned the course of the attacks. “How did it happen? Why did it happen? We don’t really know what happened. We have no answers.” Until now, relatives had chosen to express themselves almost exclusively on social media, asking the media to stay away from their community of only 3,400 people.
“I lost many members of my family, there were bodies everywhere, some dead and many others with severe stab wounds and bleeding”so described Michael Brett Burns on Facebook. “It was a war zone. In their eyes you could see the pain and suffering of those who were attacked “.He added.
In another message, Dillon Burns said his mother Gloria was dead “Protect a young person when he has been attacked”adding it“He would have done the same for all of us …[même] for the man who took his own life “.
Unemployment and poverty
In Canada, Aborigines make up about 5% of the 38 million inhabitants and live in communities often ravaged by unemployment and poverty. They are also more often victims of murder. Ten patients were still hospitalized and three remained in critical condition, according to health authorities.
In recent years, Canada has experienced a succession of events of rare violence for the country. In April 2020, a shooter posing as a police officer killed 22 people in Nova Scotia. In January 2017, six people were killed and five injured in attacks on a mosque in Quebec.