Friday, June 14, 2024

22-year-old twin brothers identified as Saanich bank shooting suspects


RCMP have identified the two suspects in Tuesday’s deadly Saanich bank shooting as twin brothers.

The two deceased suspects are 22-year-old twin brothers Issac Auchterlonie and Mathew Auchterlonie from Duncan.

Both suspects were killed in the shootout with six Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team members being injured with gunshot wounds. Three officers remain in hospital after suffering life-threatening injuries.

RCMP said, with the assistance of the BC Coroners Service, the suspects were identified on July 1st and the next of kin notifications have been completed.

“Investigators are prepared to release what we believe at this time as it will further the ongoing investigation and help with our request of the public’s assistance,” said Corporal Alex Bérube, Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crime Unit (VIIMCU) spokesperson.

RCMP said investigators have spoken with their family and they are cooperating with the investigation. The family have asked for privacy.

Photo of Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie

Police are looking into the suspects’ backgrounds and can confirm that neither had criminal records or were known to police.

Victoria Buzz identified one of the suspects prior to police releasing their names and located Isaac’s Instagram account, which has since been deleted. Victoria Buzz screen grabbed the account which shows Isaac owned several high power weapons and was a war enthusiast.

Isaac Auchterlonie – (Screen grab Victoria Buzz)
Instagram account of Isaac Auchterlonie (Screengrab Victoria Buzz)

On the day of the shooting, the area around the bank was under a shelter-in-place order as police searched for a potential third suspect and warned the public about a potential explosive device.

Police said the investigation to date has determined that only two suspects were in the bank; however, they are continuing to look into whether anyone else was involved.

VIIMCU can also confirm that two individuals are connected with the white 4-door 1992 Toyota Camry that has two black racing stripes over the hood and roof.

Since police released the photo on Thursday of the vehicle and requesting the public’s help, RCMP said they have received a number calls and tips which they continue to follow up on.

VIIMCU also continues to move its investigation forward and respect that the IIO BC is also conducting a concurrent investigation.

Anyone with recent information or interactions with the two suspects, who saw the Toyota Camry in the week prior to the incident or anything else that could be related are once again as to please contact VIIMCU at 250-380-6211.



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