Sharif found guilty of attempted murder in police, pedestrian attack

A jury found Abdulahi Hasan Sharif guilty Friday on all charges, including five counts of attempted murder, after a three-week trial that was in part defined by what wasn’t before the jury.

Sharif sat in the prisoner box and did not react as the jury delivered its verdict after 10 hours of deliberation that began Thursday.

The 32-year-old was accused of ramming Const. Mike Chernyk with a car, stabbing him and later leading police on a high-speed pursuit through downtown Edmonton in a U-Haul truck. The truck collided with four pedestrians during the chase, all of whom survived.

Sharif was convicted of all 11 charges, which also included aggravated assault, dangerous driving and flight from a police officer causing bodily harm.

After police found an ISIS flag in the car used to strike Chernyk, then-Edmonton city police chief Rod Knecht said they were investigating the incidents as “acts of terrorism.” The detail made international news. However, the Crown never brought any terrorism-related charges, and the word “terrorism” was never uttered in front of the jury.

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