Two arrested after Calgary police officer killed during New Year’s Eve traffic stop

Two young men turned themselves in to police in connection with the death of Calgary police officer Sgt. Andrew Harnett.

Amir Abdulrahman and a 17-year-old male — who cannot be identified because he is a youth — were both wanted on warrants for first-degree murder. The two suspects were known to police.

Sgt. Andrew Harnett stopped a vehicle in the community of Falconridge at about 10:50 pm on New Year’s Eve. The driver sped off and struck him. Harnett died as a result of his injuries about an hour later in hospital.

Following Harnett’s death, several members of the force were deployed to locate his killers. 

First-degree murder warrants were issued on Friday morning and the two young men were arrested just hours after the warrants were issued.

“Because of some senseless criminal actions our service and our community is mourning on this first day of 2021,” Calgary police Chief Mark Neufeld said. 

“More importantly, a family has lost a son, a sibling has lost a brother, a spouse has lost a partner and many, many members of our service have lost a really good friend.”

Harnett joined the Calgary Police Service 12 years ago. After serving two and half years as a military police officer, he was promoted to sergeant in 2019 and assigned to the Saddle Ridge community.

His brother Jason Harnett said he was “hell-bent” on becoming a police officer.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877, the Calgary police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or submit anonymous tips through Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.calgarycrimestoppers.org.  

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