The Daily Telegraph

Canada town locked down again as ‘knifeman sighted’


CANADIAN police last night told residents in a remote indigenous community to take shelter, warning that a suspect in a deadly stabbing spree may have been sighted there.

“Investigat­ors have received reports of a possible sighting of suspect Myles Sanderson in James Smith Cree Nation. RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] are responding. If in the area, seek immediate shelter/shelter in place,” an emergency message said.

Police were seen swarming the area where two brothers are believed to have killed 10 people and injured 18 on Sunday.

Officers also disclosed that one of the suspects may have killed his brother and fellow knifeman after the rampage.

Investigat­ors said they were exploring the theory that Myles Sanderson may have killed his brother Damien, who was found dead with injuries that police do not believe to be self-inflicted.

Damien Sanderson’s body was found “outdoors in a heavily grassed area in proximity to a house that was being examined”, Rhonda Blackmore, commanding officer of Saskatchew­an RCMP, said.

Asked whether Myles Sanderson, 30, was a suspect in his brother’s death, Ms Blackmore said: “We haven’t confirmed that. We can’t say one way or the other if Myles was involved in the death of Damien. It is an investigat­ive avenue that we are following up on, but we can’t say that definitive­ly at this point.”

The killings in the James Smith Cree Nation and the town of Weldon in Saskatchew­an, a province that borders the US to the south, are among the deadliest incidents of mass violence to hit the country.

The manhunt to find the surviving suspect entered its third day yesterday.

Canadian authoritie­s reported a possible sighting of the suspect, while police were said to have surrounded a residentia­l property in the town. It is not clear if he was inside.

Evan Bray, police chief of Regina, the provincial capital, said Sanderson could be hiding in the city, 185 miles from the site of the attack, after fleeing in a car.

Authoritie­s told residents to shelter at home as they search for the suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous.

“We do want the public to know this as there is a possibilit­y he may seek medical attention,” Ms Blackmore said on Monday. “It does not mean he is not still dangerous.”

The police are investigat­ing 13 crime scenes and said they believed the suspects had targeted some victims while others were attacked randomly.

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