32-Year-Old Man Found Guilty On All Charges For Edmonton U-Haul Attack
He attacked a police officer and drove a van into pedestrians.
32-year-old Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was facing charges for an Edmonton U-Haul attack in which four people were struck by a U-Haul van and a police officer was stabbed. On the morning of Friday, October 25 jury in Edmonton found him guilty of all 11 charges, including five charges of attempted murder.
The attack that took place on September 30, 2017, was investigated as an act of terrorism by the Edmonton Police. Sharif struck a police officer with his car and then attacked him with a knife, stabbing him in the head.
Later, in a U-Haul van, Sharif led police on a high-speed chase through edmonton where he drove into four pedestrians. Both the pedestrians and the officer survived the attacks.
Sharif represented himself in court and had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. During the trial, he did not cross-examine any of the witnesses.
According to the Edmonton Journal, police found an ISIS flag in the back seat of the vehicle that was used to ram into Edmonton Police officer Const. Mike Chernyk.
News of the attack was picked up by outlets around the world. The attack was even cited by the Trump administration in the United States as a reason to tighten immigration and border protection. The Edmonton Journal reported that Sharif is a Somalian with a history of a "mental disorder."
As part of the trial, Const. Mike Chernyk who was attacked by Sharif shared his experience in court. On the day of the attack, the officer was on duty at a sports event when he was struck by the vehicle. Sharif got out of the vehicle and attacked him.
According to Global News, when asked in court what was going through his mind during the attack, Chernyk said “[I was] trying to survive for my kids, I’m a single parent of two children.”
Although Sharif was found guilty of all charges in court, the sentencing hearing is not scheduled until December.