Two of the six officers who were injured in a shootout outside a bank in Saanich, B.C., nearly two weeks ago are still in hospital following surgery, but according to police, their conditions are improving.
The two officers are from the Saanich Police Department (SPD).
In a statement Monday, police said one of the officers who had been in the intensive care unit (ICU) since the June 28 shooting was recently moved out of the ICU.
“Our officers, civilian staff, and volunteers are deeply inspired by the strength and determination of our two officers in hospital as they continue to make day-to-day improvements,” said Saanich police Chief Dean Duthie.
Three Saanich officers and three from the Victoria Police Department (VPD), all members of the emergency response team, were injured in the gunfight with 22-year-old twin brothers, Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, from Duncan, B.C., outside a Bank of Montreal.
One SPD officer and the three VPD officers are recovering at home.
The joint statement from the Saanich and Victoria police departments said officers and staff have been participating in debriefing sessions with both peer support and a psychologist.
“The Saanich Police Department continues to move forward along the road of recovery and healing, which is heavily fuelled by community and interagency care, support, trust and confidence,” said Duthie.
It says affected officers are participating in workplace reintegration training, which includes exposure to firearms and acclimation to gunfire.