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To ensure the safety of other motorists, police directed the van Myles Sanderson was in into a ditch before arresting him. (Archive photo)

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As the coroner's inquest into the attacks in Saskatchewan in September 2022 draws to a close, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reveal the location where the killer had taken refuge in the days following the tragedy.

On September 4, 2022, Myles Sanderson stabbed 11 people, including his brother, Damien Sanderson, and injured 17 others in the James Smith Cree Nation and the neighboring village of Weldon, Saskatchewan. It was the worst stabbing attack in Canadian history.

A hunt ensued. man for three days until law enforcement spotted the car in which Myles Sanderson was traveling on September 7 near the village of Rosthern, 66 km northeast of Saskatoon.

Shortly after his arrest, the fugitive found himself in a state of respiratory distress. Paramedics were called to the scene to take him to a Saskatoon hospital, where he was eventually pronounced dead.

After killing Wesley Petterson and robbing his vehicle in Weldon, Myles Sanderson, the perpetrator of the attacks, allegedly went near the village of Wakaw, about 90 km northeast of Saskatoon.

Running out of gas, he hid the vehicle in the undergrowth and then set up a rudimentary camp, the RCMP explains. Myles Sanderson would have stayed there during the three days that the manhunt lasted.

To survive, the fugitive would have stolen food which was in the garage of a village resident. He only had the clothes he wore and did not have a phone.

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On September 7, around 2 p.m., this resident reported to police that a man was stealing her car from her garage. After their investigation, the RCMP determined that this man was Myles Sanderson.

Less than 2 hours later, the fugitive was seen driving the vehicle stolen on Highway 11 near the village of Rosthern, 66 km northeast of Saskatoon.

To ensure the safety of other motorists, The officers drove the van into a ditch and arrested Myles Sanderson. The latter then went into respiratory distress before dying shortly afterwards.

An inquest into Myles Sanderson will be held in Saskatoon from February 26 to March 1 next. The latter aims to establish where, when and how the fugitive died.

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