Police said the suspect was taken to hospital shortly after his arrest, where he was pronounced dead. Media had reported that the suspect self-inflicted injuries. The exact circumstances of his death should now be investigated with the help of an autopsy, the police said.
The 30-year-old was arrested on Wednesday afternoon (local time) near the village of Rosthern in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, investigators said. The man, along with his brother, is said to be responsible for the knife attacks at the James Smith Cree First Nation Reservation and the village of Weldon. Both crime scenes are in Saskatchewan.
Ten people were killed and 18 injured early Sunday morning. The older brother’s body was found on Monday. The background to the crime is still unknown.
Investigators examine one of the crime scenes in the city of Weldon, Saskatchewan on September 4, 2022
On Tuesday it became known that the brother who had been arrested and who had also died had been committing criminal offenses “without major interruptions” for more than two decades. As an adult, he was convicted on a total of 59 counts over the years, including assault, threats of violence and theft, according to a probation file from February that is available to the German Press Agency. The man has struggled with alcohol and drug problems since late childhood and began using cocaine at the age of 14.
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