Mounties Say Possible Sighting of Suspect Was False Alarm

Officers searching for Myles Sanderson had surrounded home on Saskatchewan reserve
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 6, 2022 1:30 PM CDT
Updated Sep 6, 2022 6:54 PM CDT
Possible Sighting Made of Canada Fugitive
The RCMP released this photo of Sanderson.   (RCMP Saskatchewan)

This story has been updated with new developments. The Mounties said Tuesday that Myles Sanderson, the surviving suspect in Sunday's stabbing rampage, was not on the James Smith Cree Nation, the Indigenous reserve in Saskatchewan where many of the 10 dead and 18 injured were found. Hours earlier, people on the reserve were told to shelter in place after a possible sighting of the suspect and armed police surrounded a home with guns drawn, the AP reports. The RCMP said around two hours after the alert that they had determined Sanderson was not in the area.

The suspect's brother Damien Sanderson, who was also a suspect, was found dead on Monday and it's not clear whether Myles Sanderson killed him. The RCMP described Sanderson, 32, as 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. "He may be injured and seek medical attention," the force said. On Sunday, the RCMP said the vehicle Sanderson was believed to be driving, a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan licence plate 119 MPI, had been spotted in Regina, the province's capital, more than 200 miles from the James Smith Cree Nation.

"As his whereabouts remain unknown, we urge the public to take appropriate precautions," the RCMP said Tuesday. The University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon said it was canceling large gatherings on campus this out of respect for the grieving communities "and for the fact that the situation remains an emergency," the CBC reports. (More Saskatchewan stories.)

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