‘Trying to survive for my kids’: Const. Chernyk testifies on Day 2 of Sharif trial

Excerpt: “An Edmonton police officer who battled for his life after a car struck him at a traffic checkpoint over two years ago said his attacker tried unsuccessfully to steal his gun.

Const. Mike Chernyk fought back tears as he testified Thursday in the trial of Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who is accused of attempting to murder Chernyk and four pedestrians on Sept. 30, 2017.

Chernyk was working extra duty outside an Eskimos football game that night when he was struck by a speeding Chevy Malibu. As the suspect exited the vehicle and attacked him with a knife, Chernyk said his only thought was staying alive.

“Trying to survive for my kids,” he said, fighting back tears. “I’m a single parent with two children.”

“Were you frightened?” Crown prosecutor Elizabeth Wheaton asked.

“Yes,” he replied.

Sharif, 32, is charged with 11 offences including five counts of attempted murder. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.”