Knecht said the investigation was in the early stages, and urged Edmontonians to contact police if they see or hear anything suspicious.
Officers caused the van to flip and cracked open the windshield to pull the suspect out, police and witnesses said.
Both the Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP are working on the case through the Integrated National Enforcement Team.
Austin Elgie, manager of The Pint bar just west of the downtown core, saw the van zoom by with police giving chase. Pictures in the Canadian media showed the U-Haul on its side with the front window shattered.
It "peeled" into an alley where people were smoking, he said.
The vehicle then struck the officer "suddenly and without notice" while he stood next to his cruiser, Edmonton Chief of Police Rod Knecht told reporters early Sunday.
"We now believe that this individual acted alone", he said.
After that incident, police broadcast the name of the Chevrolet's registered owner to patrol officers in the city.
One complication, although it appeared to transpire without incident, was the thousands of fans exiting Commonwealth Stadium after the Eskimos game very near the first crime scene.
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