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Wife of a Calgary sergeant killed by SUV tells court their son will never know his dad

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April 27, 2023
By The Canadian Press

Health & Safety

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The wife of the Calgary police officer killed after being dragged by a fleeing SUV told a sentencing hearing that her husband’s death was no accident.

Chelsea Goedhart told the teen convicted of manslaughter for the death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett that their son will never know his father.

The driver of the SUV, who cannot be identified because he was 17 at the time, told his first-degree murder trial that he was frightened when Harnett and another officer approached the vehicle during a traffic stop and he saw Harnett put his hand on his gun.

Harnett died in hospital on Dec. 31, 2020, after being dragged by the SUV, then falling into the path of an oncoming car.

Court of King’s Bench Justice Anna Loparco found the teen guilty of manslaughter.


The officer’s mother, Valerie Harnett, says every member of the family is a victim with no end to their pain in sight.


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