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Twin brothers identified as armed bank robbers killed by police in Saanich, BC

RCMP officers in Saanich, B.C. have identified 22-year-old twin brothers Matthew and Isaac Auchterlonie as the two armed bank robbers who were killed by police in a shootout on Tuesday.

Six police officers were injured in the shooting late Tuesday morning at the Bank of Montreal in Saanich, on southern Vancouver Island.

Police also said they were to dispose of explosive devices that were in a vehicle associated with the suspects on Thursday.

The Auchterlonie brothers, both 22, were from Duncan, about 60km northwest of Victoria. According to the RCMP, neither brother had a criminal record; they were not known to the police before.

“There are still a lot of questions and investigative efforts to be done to fully understand what happened and why,” the Cpl said. Alex Bérubé during a press conference on Saturday.

“The motive for the armed robbery and the exchange of fire with the police has not yet been determined.”

The Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit (VIIMCU) is leading the investigation. The Office of Independent Investigations, the oversight body that reviews all police actions resulting in death or serious injury, is also investigating.

A police cruiser identified as a white 1992 Toyota Camry four-door with black racing stripes on the hood and roof is seen in Saanich, British Columbia, on Tuesday. Police say the car was associated with the suspects and are seeking public guidance. (Submitted by the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit)

Bérubé said police had spoken to the family of the suspects, who were cooperating with the investigation. The British Columbia Coroners Service identified the brothers on Friday, according to Bérubé.

Police said they are still looking for public information regarding the suspects’ car, a white 1992 Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes on the hood and roof.

They ask anyone with information regarding the brothers or their car to contact VIIMCU at 250-380-6211.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.