Suspects Deceased, Six GVERT Officers Shot During Ongoing Incident at a bank in Saanich, B.C. – UPDATED

Victoria, BC – (June 29, 2022) The investigation continues into an ongoing incident at a bank in Saanich that began yesterday. Two suspects are deceased and six officers from the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) sustained gunshot wounds.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28th, officers with Saanich Police, GVERT, and VicPD responded to a call that two armed men had entered a bank in the 3600-block of Shelbourne Street in Saanich. Multiple officers responded to the scene and encountered the armed suspects who exchanged gunfire with police. Two suspects were shot by police and died at the scene.

Six GVERT officers suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to hospital. Three officers have been released from hospital and are recovering at home with their families. Three officers sustained what were considered life-threatening injuries at the time of the incident. These officers remain in hospital following surgery. One of these officers will require additional surgeries and treatment over the coming months, and one of these officers remains in the Intensive Care Unit following surgery and will require additional surgeries and treatment over the coming months.

Explosive devices were discovered during the incident in a vehicle associated to the suspects. Homes and businesses in close proximity to the scene of the incident were evacuated for safety, while the BC RCMP Provincial Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) attended to address the devices. Earlier this afternoon, the explosive devices were transported to Hartland Landfill Facility by EDU and safely destroyed. Some residents and businesses remain unable to return to their homes and places of work as officers continue to process the crime scene.

This remains an ongoing police incident. Shelbourne Street, between Cedar Hill Cross Road and Donnelly Avenue, will remain closed today during the investigation.

Officers continue to investigate the potential of a third suspect involved in this incident. However, at this time we do not have information to believe that there is a risk to the public. We will continue an ongoing risk assessment and keep the community apprised of any updates.

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) has assumed conduct of this criminal investigation and will be the primary agency responsible for media inquiries about this investigation. Please submit tips related to this investigation to the VIIMCU information line at 250-380-6211. Anyone with digital evidence related to this incident, in the form of video or photographs, is asked to upload the information here.

As with all officer-involved shootings in British Columbia, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is also investigating this incident.

Saanich Police sincerely appreciates the ongoing support for our officers and community during this time. We will provide additional updates regarding this incident as we are able.

File # 22-12262

BACKGROUND

Victoria, BC – Two suspects are deceased and several members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) have been transported to hospital during an ongoing incident at a bank in Saanich today. A shelter in place advisory remains in effect for the area of North Dairy Road to Cedar Hill Cross Road, and Richmond Road to Cedar Hill Road as officers search for a potential third suspect.

At approximately 11 a.m. this morning officers with Saanich Police, GVERT, and VicPD responded to a report that two armed men had entered a bank in the 3600-block of Shelbourne Street in Saanich. Multiple officers responded to the scene and encountered the armed suspects who fired at police. Two suspects were shot by police and died at the scene.

(VPD) Victoria Police
(VPD) Victoria Police

Six GVERT officers suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to hospital. We anticipate that some officers will be released following emergency treatment, whereas other officers sustained serious injuries and have been taken into surgery. We will provide further updates on the condition of these officers as we are able.

Three of the GVERT officers are members of Saanich Police. Three of the GVERT officers are members of VicPD.

At this time, we do not believe that any bank employees, bank customers, or members of the public were physically injured in this incident.

This remains an ongoing police incident with a heavy police presence in the area.

Homes and businesses in close proximity to the scene of the incident have been evacuated due to the presence of a potential explosive device in a vehicle associated to the suspects.

We will provide further updates with respect to the emergency response, this investigation, and the welfare of our officers. We appreciate the ongoing support for our officers and community during this time.

As with all officer-involved shootings in British Columbia, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is also investigating this incident.

File: Saanich Police File 22-12262

Victoria Police Department / Saanich Police Department

UPDATE | We are lifting the shelter in place. We have searched the area & have not uncovered further indication of a potential 3rd suspect. 3600-block of Shelbourne remains closed as we continue to respond to the potential explosive device.

UPDATE | We will be holding the scene overnight and the area remains closed to vehicle and foot traffic. The Explosive Disposal Unit is still on scene. Homes and businesses remain evacuated. We will continue to provide updates.

UPDATE | Thank you for your patience during the shelter in place today & the tremendous outpouring of support for our officers & staff. Both mean a great deal. Thank you,

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