RCMP said a vehicle with three occupants returning from a hunting trip was driving on Highway 58 near Highway 88, located on the Little Red River Cree Nation on October 23rd at appoximately 1:00am.
The male driver and adult female passenger became involved in a verbal argument. The vehicle pulled over, and the driver and passenger exited the vehicle and continued to argue. The driver then retrieved his rifle, and the second passenger, an adult male, exited the vehicle also with a rifle. An interaction occurred between the two men when the driver discharged his firearm, striking and injuring the male passenger. The driver then returned to the vehicle and fled the scene.
The male passenger, identified as Keith St. Arnault, 28 from the John D’or Prairie community, was transported by EMS to Fort Vermilion, where he was pronounced deceased prior to arriving at the hospital. The adult female passenger was not physically injured during the incident.
A 32-year-old male from John D’or Prairie community has been charged with second-degree murder.