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

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

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

Police also said they had to remove explosives on Thursday from a vehicle associated with the suspects.

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

“There are still many questions and research efforts to be made to fully understand what happened and why,” said Cpl. Alex Bérubé at a press conference on Saturday.

“The motive behind the armed robbery and subsequent gunfights with police has not yet been determined.”

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

A car police identified as a white 1992 four-door Toyota Camry with black racing stripes across the hood and roof was spotted Tuesday in Saanich, BC. Police say the car was associated with the suspects and are asking for tips from the public. (Submitted by Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit)

Bérubé said police had spoken to the suspects’ families, who were cooperating with the investigation. According to Bérubé, the BC Coroners Service identified the brothers on Friday.

Police said they are still seeking public tips about the suspects’ car, a white 1992 Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes across the hood and roof.

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

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