Mounties on Vancouver Island have publicly identified the two gunmen killed Tuesday in a shootout with police at a bank in Saanich.
The suspects were twin brothers Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22, the BC RCMP’s Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit confirmed at a news conference Saturday morning.
The twins are from Duncan, BC, and their family is cooperating with the investigation and has requested privacy, said BC RCMP spokesman Cpl. Alex Berube.
Neither man had a criminal record and they were not known to the police, he added.
“We understand that releasing the names of the two deceased may answer the who, but there are still many questions and research efforts that need to take place to fully understand what happened and why,” Bérubé said.
“The motive behind the armed robbery and subsequent gunfights with police has not yet been determined.”
CTV News has confirmed that the two brothers can be seen in a photo posted to Instagram in January 2020 to an account that is no longer visible on the site.
In the photo, the twins are wearing military-style camouflage helmets, as well as vests and gloves in the same color. One of the brothers appears to have a rifle slung over his shoulder.
Bérubé added that investigators believe there may be people who have more information about the brothers who have not yet spoken to police.
“We need those people to come forward,” he said.
Bérubé had no update on the condition of the three officers injured in the incident who were still in hospital on Thursday. He referred questions about those officers to the Saanich and Victoria Police Departments.
Police — including officers from the heavily armed Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team — were called to the Bank of Montreal branch on Shelbourne Street in Saanich around 11 a.m. Tuesday for reports of a bank robbery.
Officers encountered the two suspects as they left the bank, which led to a shootout.
The suspects were killed and six officers were injured. While police initially said they were investigating the possibility of a third suspect involved in the robbery, Bérubé said on Saturday that investigators now believe the Auchterlonie brothers were the only suspects in the bank.
Investigators continue to investigate whether anyone else was involved or associated with the incident, he said.
After the initial exchange of fire, police found “improvised explosive devices” in the suspects’ vehicle, which they have since described as a white 1992 four-door Toyota Camry with two black racing stripes across the hood and roof.
On Thursday, police asked anyone who had seen the vehicle in the week before the shooting to contact them.
Bérubé said on Saturday that police had confirmed that the Auchterlonie brothers were associated with the vehicle, and said investigators had received several calls and tips about the car.