RCMP extend dangerous persons alert to Manitoba and Alberta after stabbings in Saskatchewan

RCMP said appears victims are being attacked at random in Saskatchewan while the Saskattchewan Health Authority is responding to an "influx of casualties." Police say suspects could be in Regina and the alert has been extended to Alberta and Manitoba.

RCMP alert extended to Alta., Man., say to watch for black Nissan Rogue with Sask. licence 119 MPI

Melfort RCMP have issued a provincewide dangerous persons alert after several calls of stabbings in the James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon, Sask.

Police said they received a report that the two suspects, identified by RCMP as Damien Sanderson and Myles Sanderson, may have been traveling in the Arcola Avenue area in Regina around 11:45 a.m.

"As the suspects are at large, we have also asked for the alert to be extended to Manitoba and Alberta," RCMP said in a news release Sunday afternoon.

They released that information just after noon CT Sunday.

In the alert issued at 8:20 a.m. CT Sunday, they said two male suspects are believed to be in a black Nissan Rogue with Saskatchewan licence plate 119 MPI. As the suspects may have access to a vehicle, the RCMP have expanded the alert provincewide.

Police are asking Regina residents to take precautions and consider sheltering in place. RCMP said residents should be careful about allowing others into their home and to not leave a secure location.

A 10 a.m. CT update from the Saskatchewan RCMP said there are multiple victims in multiple locations and it appears victims are being attacked at random.

Weldon is located about 50 kilometres southeast of Prince Albert, and about 25 kilometres southwest of James Smith Cree Nation.

A map showing locations of James Smith Cree Nation and Weldon relative to other cities in Sask.

Damien Sanderson is described as being five foot seven inches, weighing 155 pounds. with black hair and brown eyes.

Myles Sanderson is listed as being six foot and one inch tall and 240 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

The alert was first issued at 7:12 a.m. CT Sunday and has since had several updates.

Residents in the Regina area are also being advised to not approach suspicious persons and to not pick up hitchhikers.

Instead, the RCMP said they should report suspicious persons, emergencies or information to 911.

They are also being asked to not share the locations of police.

STARS response

Three STARS air ambulances were sent to James Smith Cree Nation between 6:01 and 6:49 a.m.

Mark Oddan with STARS ambulance said in an email two of those helicopters were sent from Saskatoon and one from Regina.

The first crew from Saskatoon triaged patients at the scene, and the second aircraft brought a physician to the scene to lead the response.

Other ground crews transported patients to Prince Albert, Nipawin and Melfort hospitals, Oddan said in the email.

The three STARS ambulances transported one patient each to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Two patients were taken from the scene and one was transported from the hospital in Melfort where they had arrived via ground ambulance.

Hospitals call for staff

Anne Lindemann, a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA), said in an email the health authority activated its emergency response process to answer the "influx of casualties," including calling for additional staff.

The SHA did not specify how many people were injured in the stabbings or if any deaths had been confirmed, but said multiple people are being triaged and cared for at multiple sites.

"As with any incident with a high number of casualties, our emergency preparedness teams are responding to the evolving needs to ensure patients are triaged and cared for appropriately," it said.


  • A previous version of this story included a photo from RCMP that incorrectly identified Myles Sanderson. It has been replaced with a correct photo and description of Myles Sanderson.
    Sep 04, 2022 10:04 AM CT

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