Its been a violent weekend—including what WAS a suspected terrorism incident in Edmonton…
That happened Saturday night in two stages—first–when a car rammed a police officer who’d been conducting traffic control near Commonwealth Stadium…
Despite the fact he was thrown about 15 feet and then stabbed by the man driving the car—Constable Michael Chernyk was able to fight him off–and survive.
Here’s Chief Rod Knecht:
“I can confirm that our police officer–Constable Mike Chernyk–was released from hospital and will make a full recovery.”
A few hours later—police stopped a U-Haul truck around 112th Avenue and Gretzky Drive—and soon realized the driver’s licence-had the same name as the registered owner of the car that rammed the officer—-and as police were calling for backup—the driver hit the gas—-leading them on a chase downtown.
Police say the truck deliberately tried to run down pedestrians–and hit four of them on Jasper Avenue.
Two have since been released from the hospital—while at least one is critical but stable….
Police used a tactic to stop the truck—which rolled on Jasper Avenue—and then used a stun grenade and tazer to stop the suspect.
No shots were fired…
The suspect is a Somali National—-and while his name hasnt been officially released–has been reported as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif.
Charges have been officially laid—as police have said he’s looking at 5 counts of attempted murder–possession of a weapon and more—-but no terrorism charges.
-There was a vigil in downtown Edmonton last night—to stand against hate. Hundreds of people braved the cold to stand together. Premier Rachel Notley had this note earlier in the day:
“Hatred and extremism have no place in Alberta. Freedom and liberty–are core to who we are as Albertans. And that core will never be divided by those who only know fear, violence and hatred.” (photo credit–CBC/EPS)