A SUSPECTED knifeman accused of killing 10 people in a stabbing spree in Canada has been captured after a three-day manhunt.
Myles Sanderson was taken into police custody in Rosthern in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, not far from where his alleged crimes took place.
Police arrested Sanderson at around 3.30pm local time (10.30pm BST).
Sources claim he surrendered to cops after being rammed by a police vehicle near Rosthern, alcuni 50 miles southwest of James Smith Cree Nation, where the stabbings took place.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police added that there was “no longer a risk to public safety relating to this investigation”.
He is accused of taking part in a series of stabbings over the course of several hours on Sunday along with his brother, who was found shot dead earlier this week.
His injuries were not self-inflicted, secondo la polizia, who said it is possible he was targeted by his own brother.
Damien’s body was found in a heavily grassed area close to a house on the James Smith Cree Nation, near where the ten victims of Sunday’s stabbings were found.
Myles was earlier believed to be in the city of Regina with another unknown person.
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Di lunedi, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police issued an update to its Dangerous Person Alert for Myles Sanderson, stating that “he may be injured and seek medical attention”.
It urged the public to “take appropriate precautions” and not approach Sanderson, reporting any information to the police.
The two brothers went on the run after victims were slashed in both random and targeted attacks at 13 locations across the Canadian province of Saskatchewan on Sunday.
Almeno 18 people were injured and ten killed in the shocking spree, including mum-of-two Lana Head and grandad Wes Petterson, 77.
Just hours before the stabbings, Lana had posted a heartbreaking message on Facebook, saying that she had “so many good memories to cherish”.
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Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The pair are thought to have gone door-to-door armed with knives in the James Smith Cree Nation, where a state of emergency was declared, and the village of Weldon.
Their motive remains unclear but police sources said the attacks could be “drug-related”.
Both were charged on Monday with first-degree murder, attempted murder and breaking and entering into a residence, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.
Helicopters and hundreds of police were involved in one of the biggest manhunts in Canadian history, with the men thought to have gone on the run in a black Nissan Rogue SUV.
The shocking rampage began at around 5.40am local time on Sunday – 11.40am in the UK.
Dead and wounded victims were found in 13 different places.
Police said some of the victims appear to have been targeted by the suspects – but others were attacked at random.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore could not provide a motive for the killers.
But the chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations gave a statement suggesting the stabbings could be drug-related.
Chief Bobby Cameron said: “This is the destruction we face when harmful illegal drugs invade our communities, and we demand all authorities to take direction from the Chiefs and Councils and their membership to create safer and healthier communities for our people.”
Three medical helicopters were dispatched – two from the province’s largest city Saskatoon and one from Regina – to assist with first response efforts.
Among the ten victims were mum-of-two Lana Head and Wes Petterson, a widower who lived with his grandson in Weldon.
Neighbour Ruby Works said: “He didn’t do anything. He didn’t deserve this. He was a good, kind-hearted man.
“No one in this town is ever going to sleep again. They’re going to be terrified to open their door.”
Un altro vicino, Robert Rush, said Mr Petterson’s grandson was in the basement when he was stabbed and phoned police.
Secondo i rapporti, Ms Head’s partner was also killed in the attack.
‘SHOCKED AND DEVASTATED’
Lo scorso maggio, Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers issued a wanted list that included Myles Sanderson, writing that he was unlawfully at large.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “shocked and devastated by the horrific attacks”.
Ha aggiunto: “As Canadians, we mourn with everyone affected by this tragic violence, and with the people of Saskatchewan. We also wish a full and quick recovery to those injured.
“I thank the first responders for their hard work to apprehend the suspects, protect people, and treat the injured.
“The Government of Canada has been in direct communication with the James Smith Cree Nation community leadership and we are ready to assist in any way we can.
“Those responsible for today’s abhorrent attacks must be fully brought to justice.”
James Smith Cree Nation is an indigenous community with a population of about 3,400 people largely engaged in farming, hunting and fishing. Weldon is a village of some 200 persone.
The attack is one of the deadliest mass killings in Canada’s history.
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The previous year, a man used a van to kill ten pedestrians in Toronto.