Myles Sanderson, the main suspect in a stabbing spree that left 10 people dead, has died in police custody.
According to multiple reports, Sanderson suffered a fatal drug overdose shortly after his arrest.
The Saskatchewan Coroners Service announced there will be a public inquest held into his death, which happened shortly after he was taken into custody.
“With the suspect deceased, there will not be a public criminal trial. Without a public hearing of the facts, it will leave many questions unanswered from the families involved and the public pertaining to the circumstances leading to the deaths,” said chief coroner Clive Weighill at a press conference Wednesday.
“We have due processes in Canada, to make sure the public is aware of what’s happened. It takes a while to put a picture together,” Weighill added.
“The last thing we want is to give out some preliminary information, and then the witnesses at the inquest give different information and now we have a real quagmire of ‘What really did happen?’
“It’s prudent to make sure we have all the information, everything is gathered in a proper form and then presented in an inquest.”
RCMP have only said Sanderson went into “medical distress” following a police takedown of his vehicle, and was later pronounced dead in hospital despite life-saving measures performed by officers and paramedics. A cause of death has not been officially released.
“Shortly after being arrested, he went into medical distress,” said Rhonda Blackmore, commanding officer of Saskatchewan RCMP, at a news conference that followed Sanderson’s death. “All life-saving measures, that we’re capable of, were taken at that point in time until the arrival of EMS shortly thereafter.”
In her most recent statement, released last Thursday, Blackmore said police “still do not know” how Sanderson died and urged patience as the investigations continue.
“I ask you all to remember this is not a TV drama where we will have all of the answers by the end of the episode,” she said. “Complex investigations of this nature take time and we look forward to providing further details once they have been confirmed.”
In addition to the 10 murders, 18 people were also injured in the September 4 attacks allegedly carried out by Myles and his brother Damien. Damien was found dead the next day.