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Crown to oppose bail for teen charged in hit-and-run death of Calgary officer

Last Updated Jan 19, 2021 at 10:11 am MDT

The Calgary Courts Centre in Calgary, Alta., Monday, March 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY – A bail hearing is set Tuesday for a teen accused in the death of a Calgary police officer, who was killed while trying to make a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve.

Police have said Sgt. Andrew Harnett, who was 37, was hit and dragged while attempting to stop an SUV with plates that didn’t match.

Paramedics and fellow officers tried to revive Harnett, but he died in hospital nearly an hour later.

 

Police charged two people with first-degree murder: a 17-year-old boy, the alleged driver of the SUV, and a 19-year-old man, who is believed to have been a passenger.

The Crown, which has said a first-degree murder charge is automatic in the death of a police officer, has indicated it will be opposing bail.

The accused youth has since turned 18, but cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.