Prince Albert Police are providing more details in relation to the homicide of 26-year-old Braden Herman.
On Tuesday, May 11th, 2021, Bernie Herman, a long-serving member of the RCMP phoned a co-worker and made disturbing comments that he had killed someone. The accused agreed to come to his co-worker’s house located just north of Prince Albert. Once at the residence, the RCMP were contacted as the house is in their jurisdiction and the accused was taken into custody without incident.
During the initial RCMP response, the accused provided information as to where police could locate the victim of this homicide. RCMP members attended to the area and located 26-year-old Braden Herman, who was deceased and appeared to have been shot.
The rural scene was located near Little Red Park and was determined to be within the city limits of Prince Albert. At that time, the Prince Albert Police Service was contacted and assumed responsibility of the investigation. Members of the Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division and Forensic Identification Section were involved in the initial police response.
The weapon used in the offence cannot be confirmed at this time, however, the Prince Albert Police Service has seized Bernie Herman’s service pistol and other use-of-force equipment as part of the criminal investigation.
On Wednesday May 12th, 2021, Bernie Herman was charged with the First Degree Murder of Braden Herman and made his first court appearance on May 13th, 2021. He was not on duty at the time of the offence, however, the investigation has determined that upon completing his shift at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 11, the accused left work in full uniform wearing his duty belt.
Statements have been taken from family members of both Bernie Herman and Braden Herman and it was determined that they are not related, however they are associated to the same northern Saskatchewan community. It appears that the accused and victim have known each other for several years. Investigators continue to collect statements to gain insight not only on the nature of their relationship, but also on the possible motivation for the offence.
Investigators have processed the scene near Little Red River Park. They have executed search warrants at Bernie Herman’s residence, located in the 3300 Block of Dent Crescent in Prince Albert. Given the nature of this offence, the Prince Albert Police Service has been working closely with the RCMP and is committed to providing a thorough and transparent investigation.