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.
Good morning, I am in Calgary court for the bail hearing of the 17-year-old man accused in the death of police Sergeant Andrew Harnett. Expecting to hear the Crown call for bail to be denied. #yyc
— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) January 19, 2021
Supporters from communities around #yyc of officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett seen driving past the courthouse with messages of NO BAIL! written on the side of their cars. #calgary @660NEWS @citynewscalgary pic.twitter.com/60PvmaQ7Sq
— Nick Blakeney (@CameraGuyNick) January 19, 2021
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.