Saanich, British Columbia: 6 officers injured in gunfight outside a Canadian bank, two suspects shot dead, police say

The suspects were killed after a shootout with police outside the bank in Saanich, according to Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie.

No one inside the bank was injured, Duthie said, noting that it was one of the most violent scenes he has seen in his nearly 27 years of service in Saanich, a district municipality on Vancouver Island in the Greater Victoria region.

“What I know about that chaotic, tragic, dynamic, violent scene, the fact that no civilians were injured is really amazing,” Duthie said.

Officers first arrived at the scene around 11 a.m. after receiving a report that two gunmen had broken into a bank.

Officers attacked the suspects outside the bank, Duthie said at a news conference. The suspects were heavily armed and wearing body armor, he said.

During the confrontation, three officers from the Saanich Police Department and three from the Victoria Police Department were injured.

“A lot of shots were fired,” said Joan Flood, a Saanich resident who told CNN she was in her fourth-floor apartment across the bank from the bank when the shooting happened.

Police officers gather at the scene of a gunfight in Saanich, British Columbia, Tuesday.

“I heard a gunshot and I was standing and turning around in the living room and then saw the police come to the couch with guns drawn,” she said.

Flood said that as the scene unfolded, she saw a person fall to the ground and never get up.

“While I was watching, a person came crouching down from behind the couch who definitely looked like they were injured,” she said. “And they started to crawl and then they lay down and stayed that way.”

Three of the injured officers were expected to be released from the hospital, while the other three underwent surgery with more serious injuries, Duthie said Tuesday.

Homes and businesses near the crime scene were evacuated due to a possible explosive device in a vehicle linked to the suspects, he added.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told CNN it is assisting the Saanich Police Department.

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