Two suspected bank robbers were killed Tuesday during a shootout with police in western Canada that left six officers injured, local authorities said, adding that a possible third suspect remains missing.
“This is still an ongoing police incident with the heavy police presence in the area,” Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie told a news conference.
At around 11:00 am (18:00 GMT), two armed suspects entered a bank in Saanich, a city of about 114,000 people on the outskirts of British Columbia’s capital Victoria, police said in a statement.
“Multiple officers responded to the scene and encountered the armed suspects who fired at police. Two suspects were shot by police and died at the scene,” the statement said, adding that no bank employees or members of the public were physically injured.
“It’s difficult because we have members in the hospital right now who are seriously injured,” Duthie said.
He noted that, as of Tuesday night, three of the six injured officers were undergoing surgery, while the other three could be released from hospital.
Earlier in the day, an evacuation order was issued for the buildings surrounding the bank due to a suspected explosive device found in the suspects’ vehicle.
The day’s events will “shake up a lot of people,” Duthie said, adding that federal police had been called in to help.