Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed Wednesday the capture of Myles Sanderson, a suspect in one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history, after an intense four-day search that held national and international attention.
Multiple police sources have told Global News that Sanderson has since died, which they believe was a result of self-inflicted injuries. The sources did not say when those injuries were sustained during the takedown or when exactly he died, only that it was some time after he was apprehended.
Sanderson, who was facing multiple charges related to a series of fatal stabbings on Sunday, was apprehended around 3:30 p.m. near Rosthern, a town north of Saskatoon and more than 100 kilometres southwest of James Smith Cree Nation, where many of the attacks took place.
Multiple law enforcement sources tell Global News police used a ‘pursuit intervention technique’ — ramming Sanderson’s vehicle on one side and causing it to spin out off the highway. Sanderson then surrendered to officers.
Global News witnessed Sanderson being taken from the scene in an ambulance, but it was not immediately clear if he had already succumbed to his injuries.
An emergency alert went out on Wednesday afternoon saying an individual that may be connected to the stabbings was seen driving in the Wakaw area in a 2008 white Chevy Avalanche, which was reported stolen. Wakaw is less than 50 kilometres east of Rosthern.
The alert was cancelled roughly an hour later after RCMP confirmed Sanderson’s arrest.
Videos taken from the scene of the takedown show a white pickup truck on the side of the road, surrounded by roughly a dozen RCMP vehicles while a helicopter hovered overhead.