One man ar­rested, sec­ond sus­pect sought af­ter Ed­mon­ton-area car­jack­ings

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A heavy po­lice pres­ence was in place in Maid­stone on Thurs­day as RCMP made one ar­rest and con­tin­ued search­ing in and around the com­mu­nity for an­other man, be­lieved to be armed and dan­ger­ous, af­ter two overnight car­jack­ings and a shoot­ing in the Ed­mon­ton re­gion that left one per­son in hospi­tal.

RCMP in Strath­cona County, Alta., said they got word from Ed­mon­ton po­lice around 12:30 a.m. about a black Ford Fu­sion that had been in­volved in an armed car­jack­ing in the city. Around the same time, Moun­ties learned shots had been fired at a ho­tel in nearby Sher­wood Park that re­sulted in a male be­ing sent to hospi­tal with neck and shoul­der wounds. Min­utes later, the Fu­sion was in­volved in an­other car­jack­ing with a shot­gun at a gas sta­tion, where a black Chrysler 300 bear­ing a Saskatchewan li­cence plate was stolen.

One of the ve­hi­cles was later found in flames on High­way 16 east of Ed­mon­ton and the other was found in Saskatchewan.

The Chrysler 300 was seen speed­ing through the Ve­gre­ville area and was later dis­cov­ered in Saskatchewan. RCMP on Thurs­day morn­ing said po­lice were in Maid­stone as part of “an on­go­ing and fluid in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

RCMP said they were “ask­ing peo­ple to re­port and not ap­proach any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity, ve­hi­cles or per­sons in the Maid­stone area to po­lice im­me­di­ately.”

One man was taken into cus­tody Thurs­day in con­nec­tion with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, though no charges were im­me­di­ately laid, RCMP said.

The search for a sec­ond man — de­scribed as around five-foot-nine and be­lieved to be trav­el­ling on foot — was con­tin­u­ing. Post­media News

With files from The Cana­dian Press

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