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The lethal bank robbery in Saanich, B.C.


Key takeaways: 

  • Brothers were identified as suspects who were murdered in a botched armed theft.
  • Flowers from public members were noticed on Thursday outside the entry of Saanich Police Department, two days after six officers were injured in a bank steal.

Police are still analyzing an attempted theft at the Bank of Montreal in Saanich, B.C., late Tuesday morning.

Two armed suspects were murdered, and six officers from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) were wounded during an exchange of gunfire outside the bank on Tuesday.

Police saw — and later safely fired — explosives in a nearby car the suspects were believed to have utilized.

Vancouver Island’s Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) has carried over the investigation, and the Independent Investigations Office — the management body which checks all police actions that result in Demise or severe harm — is also peeking into what happened.

Here’s what we know.

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Police are still analyzing an attempted theft at the Bank of Montreal in Saanich, B.C., late Tuesday morning.

Where and how did the happening at the bank begin?

According to Saanich Chief Const. On Tuesday, Dean Duthie, the first 911 phone, came in at 11:02 a.m.

Minutes after, GVERT officers and members of the Victoria and Saanich Police departments reacted to news that two armed men had entered a bank on the 3600-block of Shelbourne Street.

Videos recorded by witnesses show police heading toward the building, firearms drawn, with some hiding behind cars and bushes as bullets rang out. Several bystanders sheltering in place said they quickly witnessed and heard dozens of gunshots as the suspects exchanged gunfire with police.

Police said the shooting began outside the bank, though it wasn’t instantly clear who fired first. The bank is in a primarily residential area of Saanich, almost a kilometer west of the University of Victoria campus, around the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island.

Source – CBC News

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