Robbery, chase, shooting, crash mayhem in Coquitlam

Robbery erupts in mayhem

A search is underway for two people linked to a violent series of events that brought the Tuesday evening rush hour to a standstill along a section of Highway 1 through Coquitlam.

A statement from Coquitlam RCMP says officers were called to an armed robbery at a car dealership in Port Coquitlam just before 4 p.m., Tuesday.

Police say four suspects fled in a stolen vehicle and responding officers were involved in an exchange of gunfire before the stolen sedan crashed along Highway 1 in Coquitlam and the four fled.

One man was arrested a short time later, while a second person allegedly hijacked a car and was eventually taken into custody in Surrey.

The police statement says neither of the arrested suspects nor any responding police officers were hurt in the exchange of gunfire but it's unknown if the two outstanding suspects have injuries.

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins says the response Tuesday was "dynamic," with multiple crime scenes and police are "actively searching" for the remaining suspects and urge anyone with cellphone or dashcam video to speak to Coquitlam RCMP.

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