Timeline of the Police Response to Stabbings in Saskatchewan That Killed at Least 10

By The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
The Canadian Press
September 5, 2022 Updated: September 5, 2022

RCMP say two suspects went on a stabbing rampage in Saskatchewan on Sunday. They say 10 people died and 18 others were injured over 13 locations where the attacks took place. Here’s a timeline of the police response. All times are local:

Sunday, Sept. 4:

5:40 a.m. – RCMP receives multiple calls from James Smith Cree Nation about stabbings at different locations.

7:12 a.m. – RCMP issues dangerous persons alert, says police trying to locate two suspects. Area residents of James Smith Cree Nation and surrounding communities of Candle Lake, Prince Albert, Melfort, Humboldt and Rosthern told to seek immediate shelter, use caution.

7:57 a.m. – RCMP releases names and photos of suspects: Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson. Damien Sanderson is described as five-feet-seven inches, 155 pounds with black hair, brown eyes. Myles Sanderson is described as six-feet-one inch, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

8:20 a.m. – RCMP extends dangerous persons alert across the province of Saskatchewan, saying the suspects are believed to be travelling in a vehicle.

9:45 a.m. – RCMP issues fourth dangerous persons alert saying there have been multiple victims in multiple locations, at least one at James Smith Cree Nation and another in the nearby village of Weldon. Some of the attacks appear to be random.

11:25 a.m. – RCMP sends request to Mounties in Manitoba and Alberta to extend dangerous persons alert to their provinces.

12:07 p.m. – RCMP issues fifth update saying witnesses report seeing suspect vehicle in Regina on Arcola Ave. Residents asked to shelter in place. The vehicle is described as a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan license plate 119 MPI.

3:45 p.m. – RCMP announces 10 people have been killed and 15 others injured in the attacks, which they say took place across 13 locations.

Monday, Sept. 5:

7:36 a.m. – Regina Police Chief Evan Bray says in a video posted to Twitter that the two suspects remain at large, despite “ongoing, relentless” efforts of officers overnight.

11:39 a.m. – Saskatchewan RCMP say the two fugitives have been charged with first-degree murder, as well as attempted murder and break and enter. Mounties also say the number of injured rose to 18 from 15.

12:43 p.m. – Saskatchewan RCMP issue a provincewide alert for several armed suspects on the Witchekan Lake First Nation northwest of Saskatoon after reports of a shooting. They say it is not believed to be connected to the stabbings on the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon.

1:17 p.m. – RCMP confirm a deceased male found in a grassy area on the James Smith Cree Nation is one of the suspects, Damien Sanderson. Police later say his wounds were not self-inflicted and his brother, Myles Sanderson, is still at large, may be in Regina and could be injured.