Edmonton Police said at a news Conference that a 30 year old man who stabbed a police officer with a knife and deliberately plowed into pedestrians on Edmonton’s busiest downtown strip is being investigated for “acts of terrorism.”
The man is arrested following a high-speed chase just before midnight through streets filled with bar patrons and football fans. The chase ended only after a white U-Haul van the man was driving struck four pedestrians and flipped on its side.The chase left 5 people injured.
Edmonton police Chief Rod Knecht said early Sunday that it is believed that the man acted alone, adding that police would investigate the possible involvement of others.
Knecht confirmed that a black ISIS flag was seized from a car where the police officer was attacked. The officer was not critically injured and condition of the four pedestrians is not known.
The attack on Police officer happened in morning when Chevrolet Malibu crashed into it, hit the officer and sent him flying 4.5 metres into the air. The man came out and stabbed the officer several times and fled on foot.The officer was hospitalized.
Then at around 10 p.m., police told a news conference that a manhunt was underway, but there was no threat to the public.Just before midnight, a white U-Haul van was pulled over at a Checkstop on the north side of town. When a police officer checked the driver’s name, he recognized it as being similar to the name of the registered owner of the car that had struck the officer at Commonwealth Stadium.
The U-Haul immediately sped off toward downtown Edmonton, where streets were filled with Saturday night bar crowds and football fans. Up to 20 police vehicles followed.Eventually the van flipped and landed on its side.