Saanich shooting: two police officers still in hospital and few answers

Saanich shooting: two police officers still in hospital and few responses

Saanich Police Chief, Wednesday, June 29, the day after a shooting that left two dead and six injured.

A month after the shooting at a Bank of Montreal (BMO) branch in Saanich, Vancouver Island, two police officers remain in hospital and a third is preparing to return to work.

On June 28, during the day, shots were exchanged between the police and two 22-year-old men who came to rob the bank. A total of six officers, as many from Saanich and Victoria, were injured while the two suspects, Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, died at the scene.

Two of the officers injured that day remain in hospital and their potential discharge date remains unknown, Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie said.

There are still more surgeries planned for the two, so they still have a long road ahead of them, he said, adding, however, that their condition is 'improved.

A third officer, who was discharged from hospital the same day of the shooting, is preparing to return to duty after participating in the Edmonton Police Critical Incident Reintegration Program.

For their part, the three officers of the Victoria Police Service, also injured in the shooting, continue their convalescence at home.

The Chief of the Saanich Police Department says that the support of the public greatly helps the officers who were affected during the robbery, but that it is equally important to support the bank employees and customers present that day.

They have a lot of stress and memories to deal with themselves and I want to assure them that the Saanich police are thinking of them too, says Dean Duthie.

A month after the shooting, the investigation is still ongoing and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit promises there will be more information made public in the future. For now, however, several questions remain unanswered.

When the time is right and the information can be released, then we will, but there is no timeline for that. The team must be careful when information is made public in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation, assures Dean Duthie.

Colombia's Independent Investigations Office (IIO) -Briton, who is investigating whether the actions of the police were justified that day, says it will take time to get answers, including on the motives of the two robbers and their backgrounds.

< p class="e-p">I can't really say how long it will take, but I can assure you it will be longer than usual, admits IIO civilian chief executive Ronald MacDonald. He adds that the office must juggle an unprecedented number of cases involving a shooting with a member of the police force.

Based on information by April Lawrence and CHEK News

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