CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary Police are mourning the loss of one of their own before the calendar flipped to 2021.
Around 10:50 p.m. on Dec. 31, Sgt. Andrew Harnett, 37, was performing a traffic stop in the area of Falconridge Boulevard and Falconridge Drive Northeast.
During that time, the vehicle in question fled the scene, striking the officer in which he sustained life-threatening injuries.
Nearby patrols rushed to the scene where fellow officers along with paramedics performed life-saving measures — though were unable to succeed. Harnett was pronounced deceased at the hospital just before midnight.
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“Taken too soon,” wrote Superintendent Asif Rashid of the Calgary Police on his Twitter. “Words cannot describe the immeasurable loss.”
A massive search is underway for both the two teens and the vehicle.
Premier Jason Kenney tweeted out his condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Harnett, calling it a terrible crime and asking all Albertans to thank police for their service.
My profound condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Calgary Police Sergeant Andrew Harnett, who was killed last night by a driver fleeing a traffic stop.
His death reminds us of the real risks taken by police officers every day to protect public safety. https://t.co/3OrztP48LF
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) January 1, 2021
Road closures are expected in the Northeast neighbourhood of Falconridge for the later part of the afternoon.
Harnett was a 12-year veteran of the Calgary Police, after working as a military police officer.