Canadian bank robbers planned attack on police officers for years; 6 injured

Streaming HUBJanuary 23, 2023

The twin brothers killed in a hail of bullets outside a Canadian bank last summer had been planning their attack for years to kill as many officers as possible, police said Friday.

An investigation by the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit says 22-year-old Isaac Otterlony and his twin Matthew appeared at a Victoria, British Columbia area bank on June 28, 2022 wearing full body armor and with semi-automatic rifles . ,

Police said the pair had anti-government and anti-police views and were not expected to avoid confrontation.

“It was determined that the suspects’ primary objective was to shoot and kill police officers in what they saw as a stand against government regulations, particularly regarding firearms ownership,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. said Alex Berube during a news conference at the Saanich Police Department.

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Police said that after the twins left the bank, members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team, who were in the area on an unrelated matter, went into the parking lot to assist other officers.

In the shootout that followed, six officers were injured. An earlier report said police fired 100 rounds at the suspects, killing both.

Berube said the pair had been planning some kind of “act of extreme violence” since 2019 and originally wanted to shoot in mid-2023.

Canadian twin brothers who rob a bank focused primarily on attacking police officers. The suspects had been planning the incident for years and had wounded six officers before being fatally shot.

Canadian twin brothers who rob a bank focused primarily on attacking police officers. The suspects had been planning the incident for years and had wounded six officers before being fatally shot.

He decided to advance his timeline after finding out that he would have to move out of the house he lives with his mother.

Berube said, “The suspects concluded that they could not move their arsenal of weapons to a new location without attracting attention, and thus chose the bank location at random.”

In the trunk of his vehicle, police discovered more than 30 improvised explosive devices, four additional firearms, and more than 3,500 rounds of ammunition.

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Berube said the brothers had both non-restricted and restricted firearms licenses.

Police say the 22 staff and customers held by the men during the 16 minutes they were at the bank were not targeted and were only being held to elicit a police response.

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