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Suspects identified in deadly shooting in Saanich, B.C.

The Victoria Police Department identified the suspects as 22-year-old twin brothers Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie

VICTORIA, BC — Editor’s Note: The video above originally aired on June 29, 2022.

The two suspects who were killed in a shootout with Victoria Police on Tuesday have been identified.

The Victoria Police Department identified the suspects as 22-year-old twin brothers Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie from Duncan.

On Wednesday, three of the six police officers injured in the shooting are at home and recovering. Three other officers remain in the hospital after extensive surgeries, according to Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie. One officer remains in intensive care and another will need additional surgeries.

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At around 11 a.m. Tuesday, officers from the Saanich and Victoria Police Departments – all members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team – responded to a report that two armed suspects entered a bank in the block 3600 Shelbourne Street in Saanich.

When officers arrived, the suspects fired on police, according to the Victoria Police Department. The two suspects were shot by police. Both suspects died at the scene.

“They ran into real, active gunfire when the human instinct is to flee from such imminent danger,” Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie said. “Our motto at Saanich is to keep Saanich safe and that’s exactly what these officers did yesterday.”

Three police officers from Saanich and three police officers from Victoria were hit by gunfire and taken to hospital.

According to Saanich Police, homes and businesses near the intersection of Shelbourne Street and Pear Street were evacuated due to a potential explosive device. A shelter in place was lifted around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Saanich police recovered at least one explosive device, transported it to a nearby landfill and detonated it.

Police believe no bank staff, customers or members of the public were physically injured in the incident.

“We appreciate the continued support of our officers and the community during this time,” Victoria Police said in a news release.

The Office of Independent Investigations is investigating the incident, which is protocol for officer-involved shootings in British Columbia.

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