The Victoria Police Department identified the suspects as 22-year-old twin brothers Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie
VICTORIA, BC — Editor’s Note: The above video originally aired on June 29, 2022.
The two suspects killed in a shootout with Victoria Police on Tuesday have been identified.
The Victoria Police Department identified the suspects as twin brothers Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22, from Duncan.
As of Wednesday, three of the six police officers injured in the shooting are at home and recovering. Three other officers remain hospitalized after extensive surgeries, according to Saanich Chief Constable Dean Duthie. One officer remains in intensive care, another needs surgery.
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Around 11am Tuesday, officers from both Saanich and Victoria Police Departments – all members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team – were responding to a report that two armed suspects entered a bank in Block 3600 of Shelbourne Street in Saanich.
When officers arrived, the suspects shot police, according to the Victoria Police Department. The two suspects were shot dead by responding officers. Both suspects died at the scene.
“They ran for sharp and active shots when the human instinct is to run from such imminent danger,” said Saanich Chief Constable Dean Duthie. “Our motto at Saanich is to protect Saanich, and that’s exactly what those officers did yesterday.”
Three police officers from Saanich and three police officers from Victoria were shot and taken to hospital.
Homes and businesses near the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Pear Street were evacuated because of a potential explosive device, according to Saanich police. An existing shelter was lifted around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
Saanich police recovered at least one explosive device, transported it to a nearby landfill and detonated it.
Police do not believe any bank employees, customers or members of the public were physically injured during the incident.
“We appreciate the continued support for our officers and community at this time,” Victoria Police said in a press release.
The Independent Investigations Office is investigating the incident, which is protocol for shootings involving officers in British Columbia.