Victoria Shamrocks recreation will honour officers concerned in Saanich financial institution shootout


(Victoria Shamrocks)

As neighborhood help continues to pour in for the law enforcement officials concerned in final month’s financial institution shootout in Saanich, the Victoria Shamrocks introduced they are going to be internet hosting a particular “Stronger Collectively” recreation at The Q Centre this Friday.

The incident started shortly after 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June twenty eighth, at a BMO on Shelbourne Avenue.

Officers with the Larger Victoria Emergency Response Crew and extra Saanich and Victoria police departments responded to a name that two armed males had entered the financial institution positioned within the 3600-block of Shelbourne Avenue in Saanich.

Two closely armed males, recognized on Saturday as two brothers from Duncan, engaged in a shootout with officers exterior of the constructing.

Throughout the gunfight, six members of the Larger Victoria Emergency Response Crew have been shot and the brothers died on the scene. Two officers at the moment stay in hospital after struggling doubtlessly life threatening accidents on the time.

Each VicPD Chief Del Manak and Saanich Police Chief Dean Duthie are set to be in attendance, together with different members of division each detachment—together with police service canine Maverick.

Manak and Duthie will participate in a particular ceremonial faceoff and share just a few phrases with the gang earlier than the sport. The ceremonies might be start round 6:45 p.m., July twenty second.

”Our officers, civilian workers, and volunteers are deeply impressed by this help, and we’re so grateful to the Victoria Shamrocks for taking a second to acknowledge the heroism and bravado of our police, whereas we proceed to maintain these recovering in our ideas,” mentioned Saanich Police Chief Constable Dean Duthie.

The Shamrocks are internet hosting two auctions in an effort to boost funds for these injured officers’ households. A web-based public sale will run from Friday, July twenty second till Tuesday, July twenty sixth.

There may also be an in-game silent public sale for followers to bid on, that may run till the tip of the second interval.

“We wished to do one thing for the injured officers and their households with our heartfelt appreciation and deepest gratitude for his or her bravery and dedication to maintaining our communities secure,” mentioned Shamrocks Common Supervisor Chris Welch.

“There was a long-standing connection between the game of lacrosse and policing and we are able to see it at the moment within the variety of Shamrocks alumni and different lacrosse individuals serving in police forces not simply right here however all throughout the nation and the Shamrocks couldn’t be extra proud to face with the police.”

The Shamrocks are additionally encouraging the general public to submit their quick video messages of due to which might be compiled and aired in-game, and shared with Larger Victoria Police and RCMP detachments.

A GoFundMe web page launched by the Saanich Police Affiliation and Victoria Metropolis Police Union known as “Stronger Collectively” has properly surpassed its objective of $100,000.

As July twentieth, the marketing campaign has raised over $266,000. Funds will go towards the aiding six officers injured.

Tickets for Friday’s recreation can be found on-line right here.

The BMO financial institution have been the incident occurred reopened to the general public on Tuesday—three weeks after the theft and shootout.

With all injury repaired, together with new home windows, a big signal on the doorway that reads, “Thanks in your braveness, bravery and help. We stand collectively. BMO.”

The financial institution has employed two safety guards who will stay out entrance for the rest of the week.


Victoria Shamrocks vs Coquitlam Adanacs 

  • The place: The Q Centre! 1767 Island Hwy
  • When: Friday, July twenty second, ceremonies begin at 6:45 p.m.


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