Man arrested after vicious knife attack on Edmonton police officer

Oct 06, 2017, 00:27
Man arrested after vicious knife attack on Edmonton police officer

A suspect has been charged in an attack which saw an Edmonton officer stabbed and four people injured when they were hit by a rental truck fleeing police.

He is facing a number of charges, including five counts of attempted murder, risky driving and participation in a terrorist activity.

Police have formally laid charges against Abdulahi Hasan Sharif in connection with a pair of attacks on Edmonton's streets Saturday night.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and the RCMP have refused to give details of the 2015 investigation, with the RCMP saying only that they conducted a thorough probe based on a tip Mr. Sharif was "espousing extremist ideology", but found nothing to indicate he was a threat to public safety and no evidence to support charges or a peace bond, or even continue the investigation.

Sharif is scheduled to appear in provincial court for a bail hearing on the sworn charges on Tuesday morning.

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The incident in Edmonton began when a Chevy Malibu slammed into a police officer standing in front of a football stadium at about 8:15 p.m. (0215 Sunday GMT), hitting him with enough force to send him flying into the air.

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 30, is accused of running down a police officer with his auto in Edmonton, Alberta, and then stabbing him repeatedly.

Police say the man fled police and later tried to run down pedestrians with a U-Haul, injuring four before he was arrested. "It's not critical", Knecht said.

He has since been released from hospital and is recovering from stab wounds to the face and head. This led to a police pursuit in which four pedestrians were injured before the suspect was apprehended when the truck flipped on its side.

About three hours later, a police officer pulled over an U-Haul truck at a checkstop.

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Sharif was accused of stabbing 48-year-old Constable Mike Chernyk, after Sharif ran into the police officer with his Chevy Malibu auto. Officers smashed through the windshield and tossed in a stun grenade to distract the driver.

Of the victims, two are still in hospital, including one in serious condition.

Police said the arrested individual had been known to authorities. "The suspect was actually not deemed at that time to pose a threat to the security of Canada".

At the time, an investigation was launched, and Sharif and others were questioned by the police.

A lone gunman, identified by police as 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, fired shots into the crowd at a country music festival on the Vegas Strip, killing at least 50 and wounding at least 400 more late Sunday night.

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