Saanich bank shooting suspects identified, motive still unclear

Investigators have identified the two men shot and killed during an attempted bank robbery on Vancouver Island Tuesday as twin brothers from Duncan.

Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, both 22 years old, were not previously known to police.

“Investigators are prepared to release what we believe at this time as it will further the ongoing investigation with the help of our public,” said Cpl. Alex Bérubé with the Island District RCMP.

Bérubé says investigators have spoken with the men’s parents, who are cooperating with police.

According to the RCMP, the motive behind the Saanich BMO attempted robbery, which resulted in gunfire between the suspects and police, remains unclear.

“We’re still looking into the suspects’ backgrounds and can confirm that neither had criminal records or were known to police,” explained Bérubé.

“We understand that there’s a lot of questions that may still be outstanding. With the release of the names, we answered the who, but we’re still trying to understand exactly what took place and why.”

Six officers were hurt — some requiring surgery for serious injuries. The Auchterlonie brothers were killed in the shootout.

Investigators have said the suspects were “heavily armed” and wearing body armour. It’s unclear how the pair was able to get their hands on the weapons used.

“We can appreciate that question. There’s still a fulsome assessment of the firearms that were used during the exchange with police and we’re mindful that, while it’s important to the investigation, this is also being looked at by the IIO for the investigation. So, therefore, there’s no further information I can release at this time pertaining to the firearms,” said Bérubé.

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