Accused in attack to have psychiatric reviews
EDMONTON — A man facing several counts of attempted murder after a police officer was hit with a car and stabbed by an assailant is to face two psychiatric assessments.
Abdulahi Hasan Sharif was charged after a speeding car rammed through a barrier at a Canadian Football League game in Edmonton on Sept. 30 and sent an officer flying five metres through the air.
The driver got out, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing Const. Mike Chernyk. Four pedestrians were hit and injured hours later when the driver of a cube van with police cars in pursuit sped down Jasper Avenue, one of Edmonton’s main streets. A judge has agreed with Sharif’s lawyer that initial evidence suggests Sharif’s mental health needs to be assessed.
Sharif is next to appear in court on Dec. 13.