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01/02/2021 11:37 EST

Calgary Teens Arrested Following Hit-And-Run Death Of Police Officer

The suspects — one 17 and one 19 — were arrested yesterday afternoon after surrendering to police.

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Police vehicles at Calgary Police Service headquarters in Calgary on April 9, 2020.

CALGARY — The investigation into the hit-and-run death of an on-duty Calgary police officer continues today. 

Two teenaged suspects — one 17 and one 19 — were arrested yesterday afternoon after surrendering to police. 

They had been wanted on charges of first-degree murder in the death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett, who police have said was struck and dragged by an SUV he pulled over on New Year’s Eve. 

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Sgt. Andrew Harnett, 37, of the Calgary Police Service is shown in this undated handout image.

Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta of the force’s homicide unit says the investigation is in its early stages. 

As it progresses, Harnett is being remembered as an exceptional police officer who had a knack for dealing with the public. 

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he’s angry and sad, but also grateful for Harnett’s service. 

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, meanwhile, says Harnett’s death serves as a reminder of the risks that police officers take every day. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 2, 2021.

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