Damien Sanderson, One of the Suspects of Mass Stabbing in Canada, Found Dead


September 06, 2022

Story by Mariah Fritz

Damien Sanderson, one of the suspects responsible for the mass stabbing in Saskatchewan, Canada that left 10 dead and 18 injured, was found dead on the James Smith Cree Nation near a house on Monday morning. 

According to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore, Sanderson had injuries that were not believed to be self-inflicted, and Myles Sanderson, Damien’s brother, may be injured and may need to seek medical attention.  "Even if he is injured, it does not mean he is not still dangerous,” Blackmore said.

Myles has a criminal record that involves both persons and property crimes, including first degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering into a residence according to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Blackmore made a statement to the public to not approach him if he is seen. 

CNN and earlier authorities on the case reported that the brothers were believed to have been traveling in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI. It is unknown whether or not the pair changed vehicles. The Nissan Rogue was seen in Regina with two people in it.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on Monday about the stabbing, and other tragic events, saying, "Sadly over these past years tragedies like these have become all too commonplace. We'll do what we always do in times of difficulty and anguish, we'll be there for each other, be there for our neighbors, lean on each other, help grieve and help heal."

Trudeau said that federal buildings and the Peace tower in Ottawa will have their flags flown at half-staff. 

A state of emergency was declared on Sunday by the James Smith Cree Nation leaders due to "numerous murders and assaults" on members of the community, according to their news release. Police confirmed at least one attack that occurred in the neighboring community of Weldon. They said that some people were attacked randomly, and some were targeted. 

Authorities are urging residents in the area to be cautious and to shelter in place in some communities.