Twin brothers who died in a hail of gunfire final summer season outdoors a Canadian financial institution had been planning their assault for years, with a objective to kill as many officers as doable, police mentioned Friday.
An investigation by the Vancouver Island Built-in Main Crime Unit says 22-year-old Isaac Auchterlonie and his twin, Mathew, confirmed up on the Victoria, British Columbia space financial institution on June 28, 2022, sporting full physique armor and carrying semi-automatic rifles.
The pair had sturdy antigovernment and antipolice views and didn’t count on to reside previous the confrontation, police mentioned.
“It was decided the suspects’ main goal was to shoot and kill law enforcement officials in what they noticed as a stand towards authorities laws, particularly in relation to firearms possession,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Alex Bérubé mentioned throughout a information convention on the Saanich Police Division.
Because the twins left the financial institution, members of the Higher Victoria Emergency Response Crew, who have been within the space on an unrelated matter, drove into the car parking zone to help different officers, police mentioned.
Six officers have been injured within the ensuing gunfight. An earlier report mentioned police fired as many as 100 rounds on the suspects, killing them each.
Bérubé mentioned the pair had been planning some kind of “act of maximum violence” since 2019 and initially needed the shootout to occur in mid-2023.
They determined to maneuver up their timeline after discovering out they needed to transfer out of the home they shared with their mom.
“The suspects concluded that they may not transfer their arsenal of weapons to a brand new location with out attracting consideration, and thus electing the financial institution location at random,” Bérubé mentioned.
Within the trunk of their car, police found greater than 30 improvised explosive units, 4 further firearms and greater than 3,500 rounds of ammunition.
The brothers had licenses for each non-restricted and restricted firearms, Bérubé mentioned.
Police say the 22 workers and clients being held by the boys throughout the 16 minutes they have been within the financial institution weren’t focused and have been solely being held to attract a police response.