On Saturday night, an Edmonton police officer was struck by a automotive and stabbed, and 4 pedestrians struck because the suspect fled in a U-Haul truck, in what authorities are calling a “lone wolf” terrorist assault.
The preliminary assault came about exterior the Commonwealth Stadium, with the following police chase continuing to downtown Edmonton the place the suspect, a 30-year-old Somali nationwide, injured 4 pedestrians along with his car earlier than finally being apprehended.
Here’s what we know so far concerning the assaults:
Edmonton Police Const. Mike Chernyk attacked
The assaults started exterior the Commonwealth Stadium, the place some 30,000 spectators have been in attendance to look at the Edmonton Eskimos tackle the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a CFL recreation
At eight:15 p.m., a white Chevrolet Malibu rammed right into a site visitors barricade exterior the stadium at excessive velocity, hanging Const. Mike Chernyk and sending him flying 5 metres into the air.
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The suspect then exited the car and stabbed Const. Chernyk a number of occasions with a big knife. Footage appeared to point out the police officer wrestling with the driving force on the bottom, earlier than the 2 get to their ft and the suspect flees throughout the road.
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Chernyk was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening accidents, and later launched. He is predicted to make a full restoration.
“It is a testament to his experience and training that he survived [the attack],” Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht later mentioned.
An Islamic State flag was later discovered within the entrance seat of the automotive.
Police chase, pedestrians hit
Immediately following that incident, police checkpoints have been arrange in several elements of the town.
Just earlier than midnight, a police officer pulled over a rented U-Haul truck at a checkpoint lower than two kilometres away from the stadium, and requested to see the driving force’s license. The police officer seen the driving force’s identify was much like that of the registered proprietor of the white Malibu that struck Const. Chernyk.
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When the officer returned to his car to name for back-up, the suspect took off in the direction of downtown Edmonton, and police started their pursuit.
Around 11:30 p.m., Global News reporter Laurel Gregory was wrapping up a reside report for Global Edmonton’s News at 11, when a police officer requested her to take cowl behind a tree or a automotive.
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Throughout the chase, the person deliberately tried to hit pedestrians, and practically t-boned one car, police later mentioned. Witnesses noticed the car careening into an alley close to The Pint pub, west of the downtown core, hanging two individuals.
The supervisor of The Pint mentioned the van “peeled” into an alley the place individuals have been smoking, with round 10 police vehicles in pursuit.
A bar buyer was hit, and tended to by a bar worker who can be a registered nurse, earlier than paramedics arrived.
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An ambulance was additionally seen tending to somebody close to 107 Street and Jasper Avenue, simply a few blocks down from The Pint.
Chief Knecht later mentioned the victims’ accidents ranged from damaged limbs to mind bleeds, with one sufferer struggling a fractured cranium.
As the police chase continued, the suspect confirmed no indicators of slowing down or turning himself in, Knecht mentioned in a Sunday press convention.
He mentioned police carried out a “tactical maneuver” that induced the suspect’s car to roll onto its aspect simply exterior the Matrix Hotel, just some blocks away from the pub. Officers broke the windshield of the truck and used a stun grenade to distract the suspect.
A Taser was then deployed to incapacitate the suspect, who was then hauled out via the damaged windshield.
A witness who was attending a marriage on the lodge tweeted pictures of the scene.
The suspect was seen by a physician and has since undergone questioning, Chief Knecht mentioned.
Who is the suspect?
On Sunday, sources advised Global News that 30-year-old Abdulahi Sharif of Edmonton is the suspect.
Police haven’t confirmed the id of the suspect, however revealed that he’s a Somali nationwide who’s within the refugee claimant system.
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In 2015, Edmonton Police have been alerted that the suspect was “espousing extremist ideology,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Marlin Degrand mentioned in a press convention on Sunday. Degrand mentioned authorities investigated the declare, even interviewing the suspect at one level.
However, there was inadequate proof at the moment to cost the suspect with any terrorism prices, Degrand added. He declined to disclose when the suspect got here to Canada.
Following his seize late Saturday night time, the suspect is predicted to be charged with terrorism prices, in addition to 5 prices of tried homicide.
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Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale indicated that Canada’s terrorism menace stage wouldn’t change on account of the assaults, and can be left at “medium.”
Meanwhile, Chief Knecht assured Edmontonians that their metropolis will not be believed to be in peril within the aftermath of the assault.
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Asst. Comm. Degrand discouraged any form of backlash in opposition to Muslims, reiterating that “this is an individual that is responsible for these crimes,” and insisting that “none of our citizens, Muslim or other, support this kind of activity.”
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Edmonton police Sgt. Michael Elliott mentioned the general public response to the assault will probably be crucial.
“We want our communities to come together. When events such as this occur and could potentially create a divide,” mentioned Elliott.
“This has happened in Germany, France and England and now it has made it to our doorstep. Only together can we change the tide.”
— With recordsdata from Global News reporter Phil Heidenreich and the Canadian Press
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