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TIMMINS POLICE ACKNOWLEDGE TRAGIC “ON DUTY” DEATH OF CALGARY POLICE SERVICE OFFICER

The Timmins Police acknowledge the tragic “on duty” death of Sgt Andrew Harnett that occurred during the late evening hours of Thursday, December 31st.

Calgary Police Sgt. Andrew Harnett is described as a passionate man who had always wanted to be a police officer.

Sgt. Harnett was killed after being struck and dragged by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve.

Sgt. Harnett, who was 37, grew up in the town of Hagersville, Ont., but had embraced life in Calgary where he had been an officer for 12 years.

He lived with his partner of more than five years lived in the nearby town of Strathmore, about 40 minutes east of 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.

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.

The Timmins Police extends its condolences to the surviving family members and the grieving colleagues of Sgt Harnett at this most difficult time.