Second Saskatchewan shooting suspect arrested

Second Saskatchewan shooting suspect arrested

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The second suspect in the Saskatchewan stabbing, Myles Sanderson, was finally arrested mid-afternoon on Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said.

Myles Sanderson was handcuffed in the town of Rosthern, located about 70 kilometers north of Saskatoon, RCMP said in an alert sent to the province that many Internet users hastened to relay.

“The dangerous person alert issued by the Melfort RCMP has been cancelled. Myles Sanderson was spotted and taken into custody near Rosthern at approximately 3:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. EST),” it read.

About an hour earlier, federal police said the suspect had been seen in Wakaw, a small town half an hour's drive from Rosthern. These villages are almost halfway between Saskatoon and the James Smith Cree Nation, where the stabbing killed 11 and injured 18 on Sunday, including Miles Sanderson's brother, Damien, also considered a suspect.

RCMP said the suspect, armed with a knife, was seen driving a white 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche with the registration “953 LPL.” It was reported stolen in Wakaw around 2:10 p.m. local time (4:10 p.m. EST).

Four days on the run

The arrest of Miles Sanderson, a 30-year-old man with a very long criminal record, puts an end to a four-day run that began early Sunday.

Throughout its investigation, the RCMP had to first mentioned that the two brothers could be in Regina. The police then changed their minds and indicated, on Tuesday, after the discovery the day before of Damien's body on the territory of the Cree Nation, that the main suspect was perhaps still in the community of James Smith.

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This report was ultimately proven to be incorrect, the RCMP acknowledged at the end of the day on Tuesday.

The hunt for the suspects led the police to issue alerts to ask the population to Saskatchewan to stay home, if possible, and be extra vigilant.