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Shots fired in police chase, three suspects arrested

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

An hour-long police chase through two B.C. municipalities Tuesday ended in arrests after shots were fired multiple times at pursuing officers.

RCMP Const. Kris Clark said the police in West Kelowna initially tried to pull over three people in a green Dodge van, a "suspicious" vehicle, when shots were fired at police around 1:30 p.m.

The van began to flee, dropping the checkered flag for the lengthy chase from Boucherie Road in West Kelowna, travelling about 70 kilometres up Westside Road.

"Police pursued the vehicle and shots were fired again at members while driving," Clark said.

According to some online reports, the suspect vehicle crashed. Police then arrested the trio near Swan Lake in Vernon. Two men were taken into custody while a woman was taken to hospital with injuries.

Clark said the suspects fled on at least three vehicles, possibly stealing other cars as they sped up Westside Road.

"Originally, it was a green Dodge Caravan, then into a red pickup truck, then I think the final vehicle was a black pickup truck," he said.

The chase involved numerous Mounties from Kelowna, West Kelowna and Vernon, including a helicopter and multiple dog-squads.

There was no additional information as to what sparked the chase.

New Westminster police will investigate the cause of the woman's injuries.