The coroner’s inquest into the death of mass killer Myles Sanderson continues into its second day.

On Tuesday morning, jurors will hear from Saskatoon Police Service detective Sgt. Ken Kane to get an overview of the investigation done by SPS, and from Dr. Shaun Ladham on the pathology report. 

Next on the list of witnesses is Jennifer Belinsky, a medical lab technician, and RCMP constables Brianne Hathaway and Heidi Marshal. 

A half-dozen people were sworn in as jurors at a conference hall in the Saskatoon Inn just before 11 a.m. CST Monday. They are scheduled to hear from a total of 13 witnesses including police, paramedics and a physician. 

On Monday, the jurors watched dashcam footage, accompanied by police audio, from a trio of vehicles during the Sept. 7, 2022, police pursuit after Sanderson, who was fleeing in a stolen vehicle. The chase came three days after the stabbings and moments before the manhunt’s conclusion. 

Jurors watched RCMP officers pursue Myles Sanderson into oncoming traffic, speeding between dozens of vehicles pulled onto shoulders and into the ditch, jury members heard Monday at the first day of a week-long inquest.

He died a little more than an hour after they arrested him in the ditch.

Sanderson, 32, killed 11 people at James Smith Cree Nation (JSCN) and the neighbouring village of Weldon on Sept. 4, 2022.

He was arrested three days later in a ditch off the side of a highway near Rosthern, Sask., but collapsed soon after. Police say he went into medical distress. He was transported to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon and pronounced dead the same day.

A video of the arrest was also viewed by jurors, it was stopped just before police say Sanderson went into medical distress. 

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Chief Wally Burns talks to reporters on the first day of the inquest into the death of Miles Sanderson. (Chanss Lagaden / CBC News )

Chief Wally Burns said on Monday it frustrated and upset him to hear it.

“I just held it in; because I lost a lot of family, but for my role I gotta be tough for my people and I gotta show them it’s not just their sadness, it’s my sadness too,” said Burns.

The week-long public coroner’s inquest that began in Saskatoon on Monday is meant to establish when, where, and how Sanderson, a JSCN community member, died in police custody.

A separate inquest into the massacre, held last month, heard how Sanderson was unlawfully at large. In the days before the killings, he and his brother Damien Sanderson caused chaos, selling drugs and assaulting people in the community.

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