Edmonton armed carjacking suspects flee to Saskatchewan

Buffin is facing charges for robbery with a weapon, pointing a firearm, possession of stolen property, and flight from police.

A man arrested in the Maidstone area following an extensive search by police has made his first court apperance. Police said the auto had been stolen from a house between Llodyminster and Maidstone.

Suspects involved in two carjackings in Edmonton and Sherwood Park overnight have fled across the border to Saskatchewan, police said Thursday morning.

Mounties then responded to reports of a shooting at a Holiday Inn Express in Sherwood Park, just east of Edmonton.

It all started at around 11:45 p.m. Wednesday in Edmonton when a woman's black Ford Fusion was stolen in the area of 118 Avenue and 104 Street. He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Edmonton police began following the black Ford Fusion, and notified Strathcona County RCMP that the auto appeared to be fleeing to Sherwood Park at about 12:30 a.m.

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About five minutes later, another armed carjacking occurred at the Flying J gas station.

A black Ford Fusion was later found on fire about 30 kilometres east of Sherwood Park.

Police say the Chrysler 300 was seen speeding through the Vegreville area and was later found in Saskatchewan.

One suspect is still at large however, police say their presence in the area has decreased this morning as they begin to expand their search. "We had to stop and when he came out to talk with us, he had an assault rifle with him".

At least two schools in the area - Chief Little Pine School and Chief Poundmaker School - were locked down, and the lobby of the Paynton post office was locked because of the incident. Saskatchewan RCMP said individuals involved in the incident may be armed and are considered risky, according to a Thursday morning news release.

"We are remaining vigilant and are asking the public to do the same: do not approach suspicious vehicles or persons and report any suspicious activity, vehicles or persons in the Maidstone area to police", RCMP explained in a news release on Thursday.

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