Wednesday, August 10, 2022

UPDATE: 2 suspects killed, 6 officers shot after bank robbery in Sanich earlier in the day – Victoria News

Two suspects were killed in a brazen bank robbery in Sanich on Tuesday, in which six officers of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) were also gunned down after police and suspects opened fire outside the bank.

In an update shortly before 6:30 p.m., police said they had uncovered no further signs of a possible third suspect and had withdrawn a shelter-in-place advisory. The 3600-block of Shelborne Street remained closed while emergency teams awaited the arrival of RCMP bomb squads from the mainland, due to a possible explosive device in a vehicle believed to be linked to suspects.

“The information on this is unclear and we are trying to confirm it,” Sanich police chief Dean Duthi said during a late evening press conference at the department headquarters. “We are taking all necessary safety precautions, we have asked all the areas around the bank to stay in their homes and close their doors.”

He has planned the police to keep the public updated through the media and social media.

Three of the injured GVERT officers are members of the Saanich Police Department, while the others are members of the Victoria Police Department. Both departments stand behind all of their members and their families at this painful time, said both Duthie and Acting VicPD Chief Colin Watson.

While he was unable to elaborate on the exact condition of the hospitalized officers, Duthi said in a prepared statement, “We anticipate that some officers will be released after emergency treatment, while other officers are in critical condition.” There were injuries and he was taken to surgery.”

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No civilian was injured during the initial incident.

“What I know about that chaotic, sad, dynamic, violent scene, the fact that no civilians were injured in any way is really astonishing and I am very grateful for that. Officers were injured because They were doing what they signed up to do, to protect the public, respond to the threat and keep people safe,” Duthie said.

Further updates on the status of officials will be made available as they become available.

Police responded shortly after 11 a.m. on June 28 that two armed men had entered a bank in the 3600-block of Shelborne Street.

Police, including members of GVERT, whom Duthi said were operating in the area, encountered the suspects as they were leaving the bank. During the exchange of gunfire – witnesses speaking to Black Press media estimated they fired dozens of shots – two suspects were shot by police and died on the spot. Duthi confirmed a report that the suspects were wearing some kind of body armor during the robbery.

A shelter-in-place advisory was issued for North Dairy Road to Cedar Hill Cross Road and Richmond Road to Cedar Hill Road prior to lifting.

“Every day, police officers put their lives on the line to protect our communities. BC Public Safety Minister Mike Farnsworth said in a statement, “Today is a reminder of the important role police officers play in keeping our neighborhood safe.” “I would like to thank the Saanich and Victoria Police Departments, as well as neighboring police agencies in the Greater Victoria area, as well as the RCMP, Oak Bay Police and Central Saanich Police Departments for their assistance and support. As always, first responders And the volunteers also stepped in quickly to help, and we really appreciate their dedication.”

Addressing the incident, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement on social media.

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“Like many people across the country, I am shocked and saddened by the violence in Sanich … I am keeping the police officers who were injured in today’s shooting – and their allies who work hard to keep people safe.” ran towards danger – in my view,” he wrote.

The Independent Investigation Office (IIO) is investigating the incident, as is the case with all shootings involving BC police officers.


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