Saskatchewan mass stabbing suspect not beaten to death in police custody, coroner says
OTTAWA — Preliminary tests found no signs of external trauma that could have caused the death of a mass stabbing suspect who died in police custody after one of Canada’s deadliest mass violence incidents earlier in September, a coroner said on Wednesday.
Myles Sanderson, 30, and older brother Damien Sanderson, 31, were suspected of killing 10 people and wounding 18 others in a stabbing rampage in the James Smith Cree reserve and nearby village of Weldon in Canada’s Saskatchewan province earlier this month.
Myles was caught after an intense four-day manhunt and subsequently died in police custody, clouding prospects of investigators ever clearly determining the motive for the deadly attacks. Damien was found dead earlier.
“The preliminary results of the autopsy for Myles Sanderson has found no blunt force trauma causing his death,” Saskatchewan’s chief coroner Clive Weighill told reporters.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), citing an unnamed senior government official, reported late Wednesday that Myles died after consuming pills just before his arrest.