A man is facing a second-degree murder charge in connection to the shooting of 28-year-old Keith St. Arnault in Little Red River Cree Nation last weekend, Alberta RCMP say.
Around 1 a.m. on Oct. 23, a vehicle with three occupants was driving on Highway 58 near Highway 88, returning home to John D’or Prairie community from a hunting trip.
RCMP say the male driver and adult female passenger got into a verbal argument, leading to the driver pulling the vehicle over. The driver and female passenger exited the vehicle and continued to argue.
The driver then grabbed his rifle, leading to the second passenger, St. Arnault, exiting the vehicle with his rifle in hand. An altercation occurred and the driver allegedly shot St. Arnault, got back in the vehicle and fled the scene, mounties say.
St. Arnault was transported to Fort Vermilion, Alta. but died from his injuries before reaching the hospital. The woman in the vehicle was not injured.
RCMP say the driver was located in the vehicle which had entered a ditch off of Highway 58, not far from the scene around 12:30 p.m. He was taken into custody.
Nathan Uhersky of John D’or Prairie community has been charged with second-degree murder. He was remanded to custody following a judicial hearing and will appear in Fort Vermilion Provincial Court on Nov. 2.
Little Red River Cree Nation is approximately 750 kilometres north of Edmonton.