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Police chief says two suspects dead, 'amazing' no members of public hurt in bank shootout

Shot cops undergo surgery

UPDATE: 8:52 a.m.

Police in Saanich, B.C., kept an area near a bank evacuated overnight as they continue to investigate a possible explosive device linked to a deadly gunfight with two suspected bank robbers.

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

Chief Const. Dean Duthie says two officers were seriously hurt and underwent surgery late Tuesday.

A third officer also remains in hospital.

Duthie says Greater Victoria's emergency response team was not far from the Bank of Montreal when the armed robbery call came in and were on scene in time to confront the suspects.

Social media videos show dozens of shots were fired and police have set up an online site to gather videos taken by witnesses.

The Independent Investigations Office, which examines all cases of police-involved injury or death in B.C., has also sent a team to the scene and is asking anyone with information to speak to its members.


ORIGINAL: 6:35 a.m.

The chief of police in Saanich, British Columbia, says it is "truly amazing" that no members of the public were hurt during a gunfight at a bank in which two robbery suspects died.

Chief Const. Dean Duthie says two suspects who were believed to be wearing body armour died Tuesday in the gun battle with police outside a Bank of Montreal.

Six members of the Greater Victoria emergency response team were hurt, three of them seriously enough to require surgery.

Duthie says the emergency response team happened to be deployed nearby and was on the scene within minutes.

He called the scene "chaotic, tragic, dynamic and violent" and says he is grateful that neither employees of the bank nor any member of the public were hurt.

Police lifted a shelter-in-place advisory later Tuesday after officers determined there were no other suspects.

They also evacuated an area around the bank over concern about a possible explosive device in the vehicle that was believed to have been used by the suspects.



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