Edmonton Police Services (EPS) Const. Mike Chernyk is being hailed as a hero after he was rammed by a automobile and stabbed a number of occasions in a terrorist attack within the metropolis Saturday night time, however nonetheless managed to combat off his assailant, while stopping him from seizing his service weapon.
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Video of the incident exhibits Const. Chernyk being thrown 5 metres into the air by the affect of the automobile attack. The suspect, who police later revealed is a Somali refugee, then emerged from the automobile and stabbed the 11-year EPS veteran a number of occasions with a big knife.
The pair are seen wrestling on the bottom for just a few moments earlier than the suspect flees on foot.
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He was later apprehended simply west of the downtown core after a police chase, throughout which he deliberately hit and injured 4 pedestrians with his rented U-Haul truck, police stated.
Chernyk was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening accidents, however has since been launched from hospital. He suffered stab wounds to the face and head, in addition to vital abrasions on his arms, however is predicted to make a full restoration, Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht stated.
“He was in a struggle for his life, holding on to his gun with one hand and blocking the knife with his other,” Knecht stated. “It’s a testament to his experience and training that he survived the confrontation.”
Early Sunday morning, Edmonton police printed a Facebook submit thanking the general public for his or her help.
“We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. Our officer is safe and recovering,” the message learn. “We are a strong city and we will get through this together.”
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