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Canada mass stabbing suspect dies after arrest

Toronto, Canada, Sep 8 (EFE).- A second suspect wanted in connection to a mass stabbing rampage in Saskatchewan earlier this week died shortly after being arrested, Canadian police said.

Local authorities told a press conference Wednesday that 32-year-old Myles Sanderson had died in hospital after suffering a medical emergency, without revealing the cause of death.

Commanding officer Rhonda Blackmore told reporters more information would be revealed following an autopsy.

Police located Sanderson on Wednesday in Wakaw, a small rural town just 100 kilometers from the James Smith Cree Nation Indian reserve, where he and his brother Damien Sanderson allegedly stabbed 28 people on Sunday, killing 10, Blackmore said.

The suspect was finally arrested later that evening in Rosthern.

Footage of the arrest on social media showed the fugitive standing next to a vehicle surrounded by police officers. He appears to be unharmed and not resisting the arrest.

Blackmore said that shortly after the arrest, Sanderson suffered from an undetermined medical emergency and died after being transported to hospital by an ambulance.

Sanderson had been wanted since May for failing to meet with his assigned parole caseworker. The fugitive had been serving an almost five-year sentence for assault, robbery, mischief and uttering threats, but after being paroled he disappeared.

As an adult he had racked up 59 convictions, including assault, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, assaulting a police officer and robbery, according to public broadcaster CBC.

On Monday, police found his brother Damien, 31, dead in a grassy area near a house on the reservation, where some 1,000 people live.

Police said Damien had wounds that were “not believed to have been self-inflicted.” The authorities are investigating whether he was killed by his brother.

Police believe some victims were targeted deliberately while others were attacked arbitrarily and the motive is unclear, although a Saskatchewan indigenous leader linked the violence to drug use. EFE


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