Investigators are awaiting the results of a toxicology test on a mass stabbing suspect who died in police custody.
Saskatoon Police Chief (SPS) confirmed the post-mortem examination of Myles Sanderson has been completed.
“Investigators have of course taken some of the initial steps of the investigation, including things like autopsies, and so we know that some of the initial findings,” Sheriff Troy Cooper said. know while speaking to reporters on Thursday.
“But we’re expecting a lot of things — toxicology, for example — that could take some time,” Cooper said.
Sanderson, 30, died on September 7 after falling into a critical condition following arrest by the RCMP.
In Saskatchewan, investigations into serious police-related incidents are carried out by an outside police agency. SPS is tasked with investigating his death.
“I’m sure a lot of the details as they are found will become more available and public as the investigation unfolds,” Cooper said.
Sanderson is wanted in connection with a series of stabbings on September 4 that left 10 dead and 18 injured at the James Smith Cree Nation and in Weldon, Sask.
He was taken to Saskatoon hospital by ambulance, where he was pronounced dead.
Cooper’s update came the same day as the head of the Saskatchewan RCMP asked the public to be patient in the investigation into Sanderson’s death.
“I know some people have questioned the fact that at our press conference – hours after the arrest and death of Myles Sanderson – that I had no answer as to how he died. “, Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said in a press release.
Blackmore said she had “seen it written” that police had failed to uphold their duty of care during Sanderson’s arrest.
“This statement is premature as we do not yet have information on what led to his death. I ask all of you to remember that this is not a TV series where we will have it all. answers at the end of the episode,” Blackmore said.
“Investigations are complex of this nature take time and we look forward to providing more details once they have been confirmed,” she said.
Sanderson’s brother Damien, 31, is also considered a suspect in the stabbing.
He was found dead September 5 in a grassy area on James Smith Cree Nation from injuries that police do not believe were self-inflicted.