Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 32, has pleaded guilty to 11 charges, which include five counts of attempted murder, after a police officer was stabbed and four pedestrians were hit with a cube van in Edmonton on Sept. 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench MANDATORY CREDIT

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, 32, has pleaded guilty to 11 charges, which include five counts of attempted murder, after a police officer was stabbed and four pedestrians were hit with a cube van in Edmonton on Sept. 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench MANDATORY CREDIT

Undercover police officer says accused admitted details of Edmonton attack

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif. Sharif, 32, has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges, including five counts of attempted murder

An undercover officer says a man accused of stabbing a constable and striking four pedestrians with a cube van in September 2017 detailed the attack while in a holding cell the next morning.

The RCMP officer, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, testified Monday at the jury trial for Abdulahi Hasan Sharif. Sharif, 32, has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges, including five counts of attempted murder.

The undercover officer told the court that he and Sharif had a conversation as they were kept together in a downtown cell for just over an hour.

“Mr. Sharif advised that he did something really bad … that last night was like a dream,” the Mountie told the jury. “Mr. Sharif stated that he wanted to kill himself last night.”

He said Sharif went on to detail the attack on Edmonton police Const. Mike Chernyk outside an Edmonton Eskimos football game and how, as Sharif fled from police in the van, he hit several pedestrians.

“Mr. Sharif stated that he was driving down by the stadium and the road was blocked off,” he said. ”There was a police officer that was directing traffic … the police officer flashed his light at him.

“Mr. Sharif said he got scared so he hit the cop with his car.”

Chernyk earlier testified that after he was hit with a vehicle, someone was on top of him, stabbing him in the head. The undercover officer didn’t testify about whether he and Sharif talked about the stabbing.

The Mountie said that Sharif told him he ran and hid about 300 metres away for about two hours.

“Once all the police were gone, he left his hiding spot and went to a U-Haul truck he had the keys for,” testified the officer.

He said Sharif then told him that he was stopped by police in the cube van and took off, running red lights with 10 to 15 police cars chasing him.

“Mr. Sharif stated that, at one point downtown, he hit three to five people with the U-Haul truck when he was trying to get away,” he said. “The U-Haul truck was heavy on the top and one of the cop cars hit the back corner of the truck and it flipped on its side.”

The Mountie said Sharif then told him police smashed the van’s window and hit him with electricity.

“Mr. Sharif advised that he thought the cops were going to kill him.”

The officer said Sharif wondered aloud if life would be better in jail than out, where his work permit had expired and he had no family or friends. He told the officer, however, that he was scared he would get beaten in jail.

“At one point, I spoke about how much I hate cops and I went back to the cop getting run over,” said the officer.

He said he then used his hands to show the running over of Chernyk.

“Mr. Sharif shook his head yes and … gave me a smile and a fist bump,” testified the officer.

Sharif, who is not represented by a lawyer, has declined to ask questions of any witnesses, including the undercover officer.

The trial is expected to last until early November.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 7, 2019.

Colette Derworiz, The Canadian Press

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Alberta now has 17,743 active cases of COVID-19

Province now has 17,743 active cases

File Photo
Sylvan Lake Community Christmas Eve Dinner cancelled

The 20th anniversary of the Community Christmas Eve dinner is cancelled amidst COVID-19 concerns

The consensus around the Sylvan Lake council chamber Wednesday was the town does not have the ability to properly enforce a proposed mandatory indoor mask bylaw. File Photo
Sylvan Lake town council squashes mask bylaw

The bylaw did not make it past first reading, after a 4-3 vote defeated the motion

Sylvan Lake RCMP are looking for the identity of the suspect who stole from over 40 resident mail boxes. (Photo Courtesy of Sylvan Lake RCMP)
Over 40 mailboxes broken into at Sylvan Lake apartment building

Sylvan Lake RCMP are investigating the incident and searching for the identity of the suspect

Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps poses for a photo with his parents Amanda Sully and Adam Deschamps in this undated handout photo. Ten-month-old Aidan Deschamps was the first baby in Canada to be diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy through Ontario’s newborn screening program. The test was added to the program six days before he was born. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Children’s Hospital Eastern Ontario *MANDATORY CREDIT*
First newborn tested for spinal muscular atrophy in Canada hits new milestones

‘If Aidan had been born any earlier or anywhere else our story would be quite different’

People line up at a COVID-19 assessment centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Toronto and Peel region continue to be in lockdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccine approval could be days away as pressures mount on health-care system

Many health officials in regions across the country have reported increasing pressures on hospitals

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

Gaming content was big on YouTube in 2020. (Black Press Media files)
What did Canadians watch on Youtube during isolation? Workouts, bird feeders

Whether it was getting fit or ‘speaking moistly,’ Canadians had time to spare this year

A teacher places the finishing touches on the welcome sign at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School which is part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) during the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough, Ont., on Sept. 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Hindsight 2020: How do you preserve a year many Canadians would rather forget?

Figuring out how to preserve the story of the pandemic poses a series of challenges

Team Manitoba celebrate after defeating Team Ontario to win the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Moose Jaw, Sask., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Curling Canada wants Calgary’s Canada Olympic Park to be a curling hub for the season’s top events. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Calgary facility set to become curling hub during pandemic

Curling Canada has provisional approval for Calgary’s hub-city concept from Alberta Health

Ash and Lisa Van carry a freshly cut Christmas tree while wearing personal protective masks at a Christmas Tree Farm in Egbert, Ontario, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Cole Burston
‘Everyone wants a tree and they want it now’: Christmas tree sales on pace for record

Anticipated demand for Christmas trees has sparked a rush by some to purchase more trees wholesale

Most Read