Saanich, B.C. police find ‘suspicious’ men, no weapons

Police with long guns are seen in Saanich Thursday evening. Submitted

There was a large police presence in the Mt. Tolmie area of Saanich, B.C., Thursday evening as officers searched for what they described as two “suspicious” males.

Police said they had reports of two men with army-type outfits and possibly carrying a long gun. There was no information to suggest the men were associated with the robbery and deadly gunfight at a BMO branch in the area on Tuesday, police said.

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The RCMP emergency response team and air support were involved in the search, Saanich police said.

Investigators initially said they were focused on the area of Richmond Road to Pear Street, but later said they were searching the area from Mt. Tolmie to McKenzie Avenue.

Around two hours later, Victoria police said that two men fitting similar descriptions were seen in the downtown core of that city.

But just before 10 p.m. Saanich police tweeted that the men had been identified, no weapons were involved, and there was no risk to the public.

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It’s not clear what the two men were doing.

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