2 suspects killed, 6 police officers injured in shooting at bank in Saanich, B.C.
Six police officers are in hospital with gunshot wounds and two suspects have been killed following a shooting at a bank in Saanich, B.C., on Tuesday.
Multiple officers from Saanich Police, Victoria Police, and the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) responded to the report of armed suspects at a bank in the 3600 block of Shelbourne Street around 11 a.m. PDT.
When officers arrived, the two armed suspects began firing at police, according to a joint statement from the Saanich and Victoria police departments.
"Two suspects were shot by police and died at the scene," said police.
No members of the public, including bank employees or customers, are believed to have been injured in the incident, according to the joint statement.
Three of the six officers who were shot are members of the Saanich Police Department, while the other three are members of the Victoria Police Department.
"At this time we anticipate that some officers will be released following emergency treatment, whereas other officers sustained very serious injuries and have been taken into surgery," said Saanich Police Chief Const. Dean Duthie at a live news conference Tuesday afternoon.
"We will provide you with further updates on the condition of all the officers as we are able to," he said.
"We are keeping their families updated and we are doing everything we can to support them, as well as supporting all of our staff."
At approximately 1:30 p.m. PDT, police asked residents in the area to shelter at home as officers searched for a potential third suspect, and examined a potential explosive device inside a car linked to one of the suspects.
At around 6 p.m. PDT, police lifted the shelter in place order and said there was no further indication that a third suspect was involved in the incident.
The area remained closed to traffic early Tuesday evening, however, as a team from the B.C. mainland assessed the potential explosive.
Saanich's police chief says Tuesday's daylight shooting was the most violent incident he can recall occurring in the community in his nearly 27 years of service.
'RUNNING FOR MY LIFE'
Witness Brenda Boyd told CTV News she was walking near the intersection of Shelbourne and Pear streets when she heard at least 25 to 50 gunshots and saw smoke outside the Bank of Montreal around 11:30 a.m.
"But I wasn't counting. I was just going, running for my life," she said.
A police officer, who was hiding behind some bushes, yelled to her to leave the area immediately, she said.
The witness said she saw at least three people being taken away on stretchers into waiting ambulances.
B.C. Emergency Health Services says paramedics were called to the shooting at 11:21 a.m.
Seven ambulances responded to the scene and took five patients to hospital. Medics remained in the area "on standby" after 2 p.m.
Another witness to the gunfire said he was in a nearby bike shop when he saw "two policemen get shot" and saw another person lying on the ground in a nearby parking lot.
"It was just terrible," Fabien Cousineau said. "They were dragging policemen behind a police van."
All traffic was still being diverted from the area to allow police vehicles and medical personnel to access the scene late Tuesday afternoon.
'IT WAS RAPID GUNFIRE'
Cleo Gagner and her 15-year-old son were buying cat food in a veterinary clinic near the Bank of Montreal on Shelbourne Street when she said they heard what sounded like two gunshots.
"Boom, boom," she told CTV News in the minutes after the incident. "And then it was rapid gunfire. Multiple gunshots from multiple shooters."
She estimated they heard 40 to 50 shots in quick succession.
"Then a Saanich police officer started driving up towards the BMO with his door open," she said. "He gets out of his vehicle, draws his gun… and then the gunfire escalated and he retreated away."
The woman said she and her son ran back into the vet's office and took shelter until things grew quiet outside.
A spokesperson for BMO says the company is "deeply saddened" by the incident.
"The safety and security of our customers and employees is our priority and our thoughts are with every person impacted by today’s events," said spokesperson Jeff Roman.
"We thank emergency responders for their fast assistance and for helping to keep the public safe."
Saanich Mayor Fred Haynes, in a brief statement on his Twitter account Tuesday, said: "Our hearts go out to our officers, bank staff and residents… no words can describe how horrendous this is."
Chief Const. Duthie says he's grateful no members of the public were injured.
"From what happened and what I've described to you, and what I know about that tragic, chaotic, dramatic scene, the fact that no citizens were injured in anyway is truly amazing and I'm so grateful for it," he said.
"Again, the officers did get injured because they were doing what they signed up to do, to protect the public, to respond to the danger, to keep people safe."
Duthie said the Saanich Police Department and its law enforcement partners in neighbouring jurisdictions are still ready to respond to any other calls for service, and that the organization is looking to support everyone who was involved.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has been notified of the incident and has opened its own investigation.
The police watchdog group is called whenever an incident involving police results in serious injury or death, regardless of if there have been any allegations of wrongdoing.
CTVNews.ca Top Stories
Consumer behaviour, a looming recession and the reactions of retailers to pandemic-driven supply chain issues are combining to drive a liquidation renaissance, according to one business advisor and retail futurist who spoke with CTVNews.ca.
Court documents allege an eastern Ontario doctor killed four people around the same date in 2021.
Canadians across the country have a shot at seeing the northern lights this weekend thanks to a series of solar flares and storms over the past few days, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated Ontario judge Michelle O'Bonsawin to the Supreme Court of Canada on Friday. She is the first Indigenous person chosen to sit on Canada's top court and the appointment is being celebrated as filling an important role at the highest level of the country's justice system.
Two pilots are believed to have fallen asleep and missed their landing during a flight from Sudan to Ethiopia on Monday, according to a report by commercial aviation news site Aviation Herald.
Sale of Ottawa church to 'Freedom Convoy'-affiliated group falls through, but leader says deal is still on
The current purchase of a historic Ottawa church slated to become an 'embassy' for a group affiliated with the Freedom Convoy has fallen through, according to documents obtained by CTV News. But The United People of Canada director said it was his understanding the deal was still in place.
Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that he didn't take any classified information with him when he left office.
A Calgary man who bilked his clients out of millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for what the judge called a deliberate and large-scale fraud.
Scientists say they have developed a simple and cost-effective method for destroying a class of synthetic chemicals found in many consumer items and lasting in our water, soil and air for thousands of years when left alone.
This week's escape of two wolves from the Greater Vancouver Zoo reignited calls from the Vancouver Humane Society to end the captivity of animals in zoos.
The mother of an Indigenous woman found dead in Richmond, B.C., is furious with police.
Users of escort services in the Lower Mainland are being drugged and robbed during their encounters, according to Surrey RCMP.
In an effort to streamline services, Edmonton Police Service will no longer have drivers report minor crashes at stations or call police to a scene. Instead, EPS is opening a collision reporting centre in both south and north Edmonton where motorists will file a report, including pictures, insurance information, and personal contacts.
Edmontonians lined the street outside of Rogers Place on Friday to remember six-year-old Ben Stelter. Ben died on Aug. 9 from brain cancer. His family invited the public to Rogers Place on Friday as the funeral procession passed by.
Taylor Cornelius threw two touchdown passes and the Edmonton Elks scored 21 unanswered points in the second half of a 30-12 win over the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday.
An Ontario grandfather just won a big lottery prize for the second time in his life.
A man has been seriously injured after being shot during a robbery in Scarborough.
The registration deadline to run in the Toronto municipal election has passed, and one of those who made a last-minute candidacy filing is a prominent television personality.
Crews are on hand at the scene of a two-alarm structure fire in northeast Calgary.
Friends of a Calgary woman who died in a shooting on Thursday are remembering her as loving, kind and always ready to lend a helping hand.
Highway 1A between Morley Road and Highway 1X is currently closed after a serious collision Friday night.
A two-year-old boy was found dead in a vehicle Friday afternoon in Vaudreuil-Dorion, a suburb of Greater Montreal.
A prominent Quebec cardinal is denying sexual assault allegations against him contained in a class-action lawsuit that was formally filed this week in Quebec Superior Court.
The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services (NRBHSS) confirmed that the Inuk woman struck on Highway 520 in Montreal has died of her injuries.
Premier Tim Houston is asking Ottawa to exempt Nova Scotia from the national carbon tax, saying the federal government's signature bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions amounts to "punishing" the province.
A coroner’s inquest jury made almost 20 recommendations for ways New Brunswick and its law enforcement can do better in police interventions, training and equipment. CTV News polled each to see if they are considering, or have already implemented any of them.
A replacement ferry for the MV Holiday Island, which was damaged by fire last month, will begin sailing between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island on Saturday.
Health Sciences Centre's emergency department is facing a staffing crunch over the next couple of days.
A Winnipeg restaurant has been named one of the Top 30 Best New Restaurants by Air Canada’s magazine.
Seniors residing in a downtown Winnipeg independent living complex are facing what some feel is an uncertain future.
The Region of Waterloo council approved a series of measures on Thursday to help ease the growing homelessness crisis, including a first-ever decision to permit an encampment.
The Ministry of Labour has confirmed that there is an ongoing investigation into the death of a migrant worker at a Norfolk County farm last week.
Ontario's police watchdog says a Waterloo Regional Police officer who shot a man in Cambridge won't face criminal charges.
Saskatchewan’s top doctor is reminding residents not to get complacent, as the province is on the cusp of a fall COVID-19 surge.
A new television production will be filmed in Saskatchewan with funding from a provincial grant program.
Scottish soccer coach, Scott Murchison, made his way to Yorkton this week to work with young soccer players.
Business owners in a southwest Barrie neighbourhood are upset after two kids were arrested for mischief at a childcare centre.
Police are investigating a serious collision involving a motorcycle in Orillia.
A young bear is on the road to recovery after being found along the side of a highway in Parry Sound, suffering two broken front legs.
Sask. Advocate for Children and Youth 'deeply concerned' about allegations facing private Christian school
The Saskatchewan Advocate for Children and Youth says she is deeply concerned about allegations involving the Legacy Christian Academy (LCA) scandal.
Saskatchewan’s top doctor is reminding residents not to get complacent, as the province is on the cusp of a fall COVID-19 surge.
Court documents allege a former Saskatoon doctor killed four people around the same date in 2021.
The Friends of Laurier Woods, a non-profit charitable organization, is hosting the annual ‘Louise de Kiriline Lawrence Nature Festival’ to be held at the Laurier Woods Conservation Area Saturday.
Ecole St. Charles will be demolished to make way for a new community health centre. Centre de Sante Communautaire de Timmins is currently operating out of the Timmins Square shopping mall.
One of the infrastructure projects receiving over $100 million of the $628 million in CFI funding is SNOLAB, the internationally renowned ultra-clean facility focused on the study of neutrinos and the search for galactic dark matter.