One of two men wanted for the horrific stabbing deaths of 10 people in Canada had a long history of violent behavior that resulted in a lifetime ban on guns, it turns out.
Yles Sanderson, the younger brother of Damien Sanderson, 31, who was found dead Monday after Sunday’s shooting, had also been ordered by authorities to stay away from alcohol and drugs.
He remains the subject of a massive manhunt and is believed to be injured, along with the 18 others he and his brother Damien attacked in a vicious series of attacks at 13 identified crime scenes.
Many of those killed and attacked were from the Indigenous community of the town of James Smith Cree Nation.
Damien Sanderson’s body was “found outside in a heavily covered area near a house that was being examined,” said Assistant Commissioner Blackmore, commander of Saskatchewan’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
He had visible injuries that are believed not to have been self-inflicted, Blackmore said. A cause of death will be determined later, she added.
Asked at Monday’s news conference if Myles Sanderson was a suspect in his brother’s death, she said investigators couldn’t say.
“We haven’t confirmed that. We can’t say if Myles was involved in Damien’s death,” Blackmore said. “It’s an investigative avenue that we’re pursuing, but we can’t say for sure at this point.”
According to Parole Board of Canada documents from February this year, Sanderson, 30, had accumulated 59 convictions over two decades for assault, assault with a gun, threats, assault of a police officer and robbery.
About half of the offenses concerned violations or non-compliance with existing orders. Because of his violent behavior, he was banned for life from guns.
“Your regular use of cocaine, marijuana and hard alcohol would cause you to ‘lose your mind’ and be easily upset when drunk but a different person when sober,” states the probation records.
There are numerous specific moments of anger in the documents, including an incident in 2017 where he forced his way into an ex-girlfriend’s house and punched a hole in the bathroom door where children were hiding in a bathtub for protection.
He threw a cement block at a woman’s windshield outside her house, and a few days later Sanderson threatened to murder a tape store clerk and then burn down his parents’ house.
The following year, Sanderson stabbed two men with a fork and beat another man until he passed out.
In June of the same year, he repeatedly kicked a police officer in the face while he was being held in custody.
The documents relate to Sanderson’s childhood and the fact that his parents separated when he was nine and that he was raised in an environment “that was associated with physical abuse, domestic violence and instability.”
Even while in prison, Sanderson twice got into trouble for possession of contraband.
However, in February 2021, his security rating was downgraded and he was transferred to a healing hut after the risk assessment found Sanderson to fall in the medium-to-high and high risk of reoffending categories.
Sanderson was released on statutory parole in August 2021, according to the documents.
His release was suspended in November of the same year when his ex-spouse reported that they had been living together in violation of the terms.
The legal release came with six conditions that prohibited Sanderson from using alcohol and drugs and required him to comply with a substance abuse and domestic violence treatment plan.
In addition, he was told not to engage in intimate relationships with women without written permission from his parole officer and was instructed to avoid anyone involved in criminal activity and drugs, and was banned from contact with four people who were only through their initials have been identified.
Sanderson remained sober upon his release, the documents show, while also getting a job, seeing a therapist and attending cultural ceremonies.
While the documents note that he was working to control his emotions and felt his risk factors were manageable in the community, there have also been long-standing concerns about his behavior.
February’s parole documents show the board ultimately decided to lift the November release suspension, but left a reprimand on its file.
“The Board believes that if you are released after being legally released, you will not pose an undue risk to society and that your release will help protect society by facilitating your reintegration into society as a law-abiding citizen,” it said in the documents.
By May, Crime Stoppers had issued an alert for Sanderson, who was described as at large.
Saskatoon Police previously confirmed they were looking for Myles Sanderson when he stopped meeting with his assigned case officer and was ruled “unlawfully at large”.
The body of Damien Sanderson was found at 11:30 a.m. on the James Smith Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Assistant Commissioner Blackmore said.
Myles Sanderson may be injured, but that hasn’t been confirmed, Blackmore said at a news conference.
“We want the public to know this because there’s a chance he’s going to see a doctor,” she said. “That doesn’t mean he’s not still dangerous.”
Including Myles Sanderson, 19 people were injured in the attacks, which spanned 13 identified crime scenes, officials said. Her medical condition has not been made public. With the discovery of Damien Sanderson’s body, she said, the death toll rose to 11.
The identities of the dead were not released by police Monday, but Blackmore said none of them were infants or children.
The youngest known victim to die was born in 1999, she said, and both men and women were killed.
Darryl Burns, a resident of James Smith Cree Nation, and his brother Ivor Wayne Burns said their sister Gloria Lydia Burns was a first responder who was killed trying to answer a phone call. Burns said his 62-year-old sister was on a crisis response team.
“She called a house and became involved in the violence,” he said. “She was there to help. She was a heroine.”
Investigators believe some victims may have been targeted and others attacked randomly, Blackmore said, but an investigation is ongoing.
Myles Sanderson may have been sighted in the Saskatchewan city of Regina after a wanted vehicle was seen in the city, officials said.
“This is the latest credible information we have, but it’s also pretty dated,” Regina Police Chief Evan Bray said. “So we can’t say for sure he’s in the community, but we pretend he is.”
Police said the manhunt and investigation into the killings was a top priority.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the attacks shocking and heartbreaking and said Monday that his thoughts and the thoughts of all Canadians are with the victims and their families.
“This kind of violence or any kind of violence has no place in our country.
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