Both teens accused of murdering Calgary police officer will seek bail as soon as possible

Both teens accused of murdering a Calgary police officer will seek bail as soon as possible, according to their lawyers.

Amir Abdulrahman, 19, and a 17-year-old male youth, who cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act, are each charged with the first-degree murder of Sgt. Andrew Harnett, who was killed as a vehicle fled a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve.

Both accused appeared via CCTV before a justice of the peace Saturday morning with their lawyers joining by telephone.

Kaysi Fagan, the lawyer for the 17-year-old, who was the alleged driver at the time of Harnett’s death, says she will be be making a bail application as quickly as possible for her client.

“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.”

Saturday’s court appearances were brief. The cases will be back in court Monday. 

Abdulrahman, who was wanted for an earlier instance of assault at the time of the officer’s killing, was ordered Saturday to have no contact with the alleged victim of the previous assault. 

WATCH | 2 teens charged with murder in death of Calgary police officer:

Two teenagers are in custody on first-degree murder charges in the New Year’s Eve death of Calgary police Sgt. Andrew Harnett who was dragged by a vehicle during a routine traffic stop. 2:28

Harnett, 37, joined the service 12 years ago after serving as a military police officer and was promoted to sergeant in 2019. He 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.

“The last thing that I texted him before I wished him Happy New Years was, ‘Bro, you be safe,'” Jason said.

The Calgary Police Service said the traffic stop incident occurred around 10:50 p.m. MT on Thursday in the area of Falconridge Boulevard and Falconridge Drive N.E.

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