Two suspects are in custody following a robbery, an exchange of gunfire and a police chase that stretched from Port Coquitlam to near the Coquitlam IKEA to Surrey on Tuesday afternoon.
Police scrambled to Lougheed Highway and Dominion Avenue at approximately 3:40 p.m. after getting a report of four armed suspects committing a robbery, according to a release from Coquitlam RCMP.
The suspects fled in a stolen vehicle.
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While in pursuit, police and suspects shot at each other. Police were not hit in the gunfire. Police do not know if the suspects were injured, according to police.
Video posted to social media appeared to capture some of the chase.
According to a witness who spoke to Global News, a black Mercedes with tinted windows drove into oncoming traffic and swerved to avoid vehicles while being chased by police.
The stolen car eventually crashed on Highway 1 near the King Edward overpass.
One of the suspects was arrested while attempting to flee on foot.
Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, witness Randy Kang said he saw one suspect fall to the ground while others ran from the scene.
Kang said he heard what sounded like three gunshots aimed at the remaining suspects, but they appeared to escape.
Another suspect is accused of car jacking a nearby vehicle and driving to Surrey. Police arrested the suspect in Surrey, according to the RCMP release.
Police are asking for anyone who might have information leading to the arrest of the two remaining suspects to contact Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.
“We would like to thank our policing partners in Burnaby, Surrey, New Westminster, Vancouver, Maple Ridge and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response for their assistance,” stated Coquitlam RCMP media relations officer Cpl Alexa Hodgins in the release. “This was a very dynamic investigation with multiple crime scenes which required additional assistance from numerous jurisdictions.”