Mounties is investigating two separate incidents of armed vehicle thefts that are believed to be related.
On Monday around 5:24 p.m., RCMP responded to a 911 call for an armed carjacking that took place in the 50 Avenue area in Red Deer.
The initial investigation targeted a male suspect potentially linked to an earlier armed car robbery in the city of Lacombe around 4:35 p.m., police said in a news release Monday night.
Prior to the Red Deer car theft incident, the man is believed to have abandoned the stolen vehicle associated with the Lacombe incident and then allegedly used a firearm to steal a white Ford car and fled the scene.
Red Deer RCMP located the stolen vehicle and attempted to stop it, but was unsuccessful. A short time later, the suspect vehicle went through an intersection at 48th Street and 49th Avenue when it collided with a pickup truck that was being driven by a civilian.
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The fire department went to the scene to extinguish the fire caused by the collision.
EMS attended the scene to treat both drivers. The suspect suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital where he remains at this time. The lone male driver of the truck also suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.
Riders say that as their investigation continues, more updates will be provided as they become available.
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