When Amir Abdulraman and his 17-year-old friend were pulled over by police on New Years Eve, there was already a warrant out for the older teen’s arrest.
Abdulraman, 19, was wanted for assault when Sgt. Andrew Harnett initiated a traffic stop in the city’s northeast. The vehicle he stopped struck and dragged him, killing him.
Both Abdulrahman and the 17-year-old youth are now charged with the first-degree murder of Harnett.
The younger teen turns 18 years old on Jan. 11.
Lawyers for the two indicated on Saturday they plan to apply for bail at the earliest opportunity.
On Thursday night, just before 11 p.m., Harnett had pulled over the vehicle after running the license plate and discovering it didn’t match the SUV.
He spoke with both the driver and passenger before the vehicle fled, striking and dragging Harnett who was described by police Chief Mark Neufeld as a “highly decorated” 12 year member of CPS as well as a former military police officer.
Despite the “desperate” attempts of fellow officers and paramedics, Harnett died at the scene, according to the Calgary Police Service.
Police quickly identified the two teenage suspects who, with help from their lawyers, turned themselves in by 5:30 p.m. Friday evening.
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Kaysi Fagan, the lawyer for the 17-year-old, who was the alleged driver at the time of Harnett’s death, says she helped arrange for her client to surrender.
“My client’s name was unexpectedly national news Friday morning. He was proactive, he called me, I touched base with homicide and within hours we attended together at police headquarters,” said Fagan. “I’m dialled in on securing his release now.”
On Saturday morning, both teens appeared before a justice of the peace via CCTV from the arrest processing unit with their lawyers joining by telephone.
Abdulrahman was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim of the previous assault.
The pair will be back in court Monday.
Defence lawyer Andrea Urquhartr requested her client, Abdulraman, attend in person on Monday so she can meet with him at the Calgary courthouse as there is a Covid-19 outbreak at the remand centre and visits are prohibited.
CBC News previously named the 17-year-old after police took the unusual step of making an application to the youth division of the Calgary Provincial Court in order to identify the teen who, at the time, was at large.
The order technically expires five days from being issued, but CBC News has since removed his name and photo now that he is in custody.
Harnett, 37, is the 12th officer to be killed in the history of the Calgary Police Service.
Jason Harnett, Andrew’s brother, said Friday that the family was devastated in the wake of the incident. Jason said he texted his brother on Thursday.
“The last thing that I texted him before I wished him Happy New Years was, ‘Bro, you be safe.'”