Police continue to investigate suspicious device linked to BC bank shooting


Police respond to gunfire outside a bank in Saanich, British Columbia, on June 28.CHAD HIPOLITO/The Canadian Press

Police in Saanich, British Columbia, kept an area near a bank evacuated overnight as they continue to investigate a possible explosive device linked to a fatal shooting with two suspected bank robbers.

Both suspects were shot and killed as police responded to the robbery and six officers were injured.

Chief Constable. Dean Duthie says two officers were seriously injured and underwent surgery on Tuesday night.

A third police officer is also hospitalized.

Duthie says the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team was not far from the Bank of Montreal when the armed robbery call came in and were on the scene in time to confront the suspects.

Videos on social media show dozens of shots were fired and police have set up an online site to collect videos taken by witnesses.

The Office of Independent Investigations, which reviews all cases of injury or death involving police officers in British Columbia, has also sent a team to the scene and is asking anyone with information to speak to its members.

A bank robbery in Saanich, British Columbia, turned into a shooting in broad daylight where two suspects died and six police officers were injured. const. Saanich Police Chief. Dean Duthie said officers shot the robbery suspects outside a bank in suburban Victoria.

The Canadian Press

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