Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Saanich which has left two people dead and several police officers injured.
This morning at approximately 11:00 am, officers with Saanich Police, the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team (GVERT) and the Victoria Police Department responded to a report that two armed men had entered a bank in the 3600-block of Shelbourne Street in Saanich.
According to police, the suspects fired at officers. Two suspects were shot by police and died at the scene. Six GVERT officers suffered gunshot wounds and were transported to hospital; some have been taken into surgery.
The IIO asks anyone with relevant information about this incident to contact the witness line toll free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form at iiobc.ca.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.