According to Chief Constable Dean Duthi of the Sanich Police Department, the suspects died after a gunfight with the police outside the bank in Sanich.
No one inside the bank was injured, Duthie said, noting that it was one of the most violent scenes he had seen in his nearly 27 years of service in Saanich, a district on Vancouver Island in the Greater Victoria area. Municipality.
“What I know about that chaotic, tragic, dynamic, violent scene, the fact that no civilians were injured in any way is really surprising,” Duthie said.
Authorities first rushed to the scene at around 11 am after receiving information that two armed men had entered a bank.
The officers engaged the suspects outside the bank, Duthi said at a news conference. He said the suspects were heavily armed and believed to be wearing body armor.
Three officers from the Sanich Police Department and three from the Victoria Police Department were injured during the confrontation.
“A lot of shots were fired,” said Sanich resident Joan Flood, who told Nation World News she was in her fourth-floor apartment across the street from the bank when the shooting happened.
“I heard a gunshot and I stood and turned around in the living room and then saw the police approaching the bank with guns,” she said.
Flood said that as the scene unfolded, he saw a man fell to the ground and did not get back up.
“As I was watching, a man came from behind the bank who leaned over, who certainly looked like they were hurt,” she said. “And they started crawling and then they lay down and stayed like that.”
Duthi said on Tuesday that three of the injured officers are expected to be discharged from the hospital, while the other three are undergoing surgery.
He said homes and businesses near the scene were evacuated because of a possible explosive device in the vehicle belonging to the suspects.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told Nation World News it was assisting the Saanich Police.