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

Jan 1 2021, 8:50 am

A 37-year-old Calgary police officer has been killed in the line of duty.

Sgt. Andrew Harnett, a 12-year veteran of the Calgary Police Service, was struck by a vehicle fleeing a traffic stop at 10:50 pm on New Year’s Eve.

Harnett conducted the traffic stop in the Falconridge Boulevard and Falconridge Drive area on Thursday. The vehicle fled, struck the officer and killed him. Other nearby officers and members of the EMS tried to help as quickly as possible, says a statement, but Harnett was pronounced dead after being rushed to the hospital just before midnight.

“There is a massive effort underway to locate and bring to justice those responsible for taking the life of one of our members,” says the city’s statement. “Dozens of sworn and civilian members are working around the clock tracking down each and every lead and these efforts will not stop.”

First-degree murder warrants have been issued for two people alleged to have been involved in the death of Harnett. Al-Azan Shah Muhammad, 17, and Amir Abdulrahman, 19, are being sought by Calgary Police in connection to the incident.

Muhammad, the alleged driver, and Abdulrahman, the passenger, were in an SUV that was stopped by Harnett, which eventually struck and killed him.

The vehicle that the two were allegedly driving in is a copper-coloured 2006 Infiniti FX with a small spare tire on the front passenger side. The vehicle has “noticeable hail damage,” per Calgary Police.

Harnett joined the service in 2008 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2019 after serving as a military police officer for over ten years.

Calgary Police

Calgary Police

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of the vehicle or the suspects is asked to call Homicide Tip Line at 403-428-8877 or the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.

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