New information on the attacker as well as an update on the Edmonton Police officer is coming forward.
 
30-year-old Somali refugee Abdulahi Sharif is in custody and facing multiple charges after Saturday night's attack in Edmonton.
 
Edmonton Police Service Constable Mike Chernyk, an 11-year veteran of the force, was on traffic control duty at Commonwealth Stadium when Sharif drove his Chevrolet Malibu through a barricade, hitting Chernyk, sending him flying five metres in the air.
 
A struggle then ensued with Chernyk sustaining stab wounds to his head and neck while using one hand to fight and the other to cover his service weapon, something many are praising as incredible use of police training.
 
Sharif fled on foot and obtained a U-Haul moving truck. Four hours later, after being identified at a checkstop on Wayne Gretzky Drive and 112 Avenue by police, a high-speed chase careened through downtown with Sharif reportedly swerving to try and hit pedestrians. Unfortunately, four were hit, sustaining injuries varying from broken limbs to brain bleeds, with one person injured with a fractured skull. Two of the injured have since been released from hospital.
 
Police executed a "tactical maneuver" with a police vehicle, rolling the U-Haul. Police then broke the windshield, detonated a stun grenade and tasered the suspect. He was then pulled through the windshield and arrested.
 
Chernyk was released from hospital less than 24 hours after the attack and is reportedly in good spirits.
 
Premier Notley thanked first responders as well as those who dropped everything to help the wounded.
 
“Your bravery in moments of fear and your compassion in moments of chaos are the very best of our province,” she said.
 
An ISIS flag was confirmed by police to be found in the Malibu that struck Chernyk.
 
Sharif was investigated back in 2015 for "espousing extremist ideology" and is believed to have acted alone.
 
He is now in police custody, charged with five counts of attempted murder, dangerous driving, criminal flight causing bodily harm and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
 
Sharif will appear in an Edmonton court tomorrow (October 3) at 9:00 a.m.
 
The national terror threat remains at medium, unchanged since 2014.

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