A Monday morning shoot-out between police and two suspects left one man dead and another suffering from gunshot wounds in hospital, police said.
The dramatic scene unfolded before 9 a.m. near the Royal Bank of Canada’s Mackey Street location. According to Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash, police foiled a planned bank robbery before the suspects could carry out the heist. He said a tip led police to the location where they intercepted the two men.
“Sometime [Monday] morning, police received intelligence relative to an armed robbery that was planned to happen here at Royal Bank,” Cash said on the scene.
When officers arrived on scene, they saw a vehicle fitting the profile that was described to them, Cash said.
“After the officers engaged [the men], two persons emerged from the suspected vehicle,” he continued. “One of the armed men opened fire on the police.”
Cash said both suspects were shot. One of the suspects died on the scene. None of the officers were injured during the incident.
The black vehicle that the suspects were riding in was riddled with bullet holes and bullet casings littered the ground.
Cash said police do not believe the men were acting alone.
“There were two persons involved here on scene, but our intelligence suggests that there were several other persons involved in this incident,” Cash said.
He added that the police remain concerned about the apparent increase in armed robberies, but said police are relentless in their pursuit of criminals and protecting the public.
“Our tactics are always focused on first eliminating the threat from any civilians and if we have to engage the suspect, our efforts are to neutralize the suspect,” Cash said.
“If that suspect engages the police in an attempt to harm or cause death to any of our officers, we will engage them with deadly force,” Cash said.
This is the second police-involved shooting for the year.
Her Majesty’s Coroner is investigating the incident.