Police make minor changes to Commonwealth security plan after attack


After an officer was hit by a car and stabbed outside of an Edmonton Eskimos game on Sept. 30, a spokesperson for the Edmonton police said any changes to their security detail for the first home game since the attack will be minor.

“Plans in place were already robust,” said Insp. Regan James with the field response branch, in a written statement. “There will be some adjustments that will not likely be recognized by patrons.”

At 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 30, a Chevrolet Malibu rammed into a police barricade outside of Commonwealth Stadium.

Const. Michael Chernyk, 48, an 11-year veteran of the police, was standing behind a traffic barricade and in front of his police car near 107A Avenue and 92 Street when he was hit by the car, launching him four-and-a-half metres through the air.

Edmonton Police Service Const. Michael Chernyk, 48, was struck by a vehicle and subsequently stabbed during a vicious attack on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at approximately 8:15 p.m., while conducting traffic duties during a CFL Edmonton Eskimos home game. A 30-year-old man was later arrested and charges are anticipated, police said Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. photo supplied by Edmonton Police Service
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Edmonton Police Service Const. Michael Chernyk, 48, was struck by a vehicle and subsequently stabbed during a vicious attack on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at approximately 8:15 p.m., while conducting traffic duties during a CFL Edmonton Eskimos home game. A 30-year-old man was later arrested and charges are anticipated, police said Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017.

A male suspect leaped from the vehicle and began stabbing Chernyk with a knife before fleeing on foot.

“He was in a struggle for his life, holding on to his gun with one hand …read more

Source:: Edmonton Journal

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