PRINCE ALBERT -- Police in Prince Albert, Sask. have charged an RCMP officer with first-degree murder in the death of a 26-year-old man on Tuesday evening.

Braden Herman’s body was found “in a wooded area within the city,” authorities said in a news release.

His death is being investigated as a homicide and an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Police say the officer from the Prince Albert RCMP detachment is 52-year-old Bernie Herman, a 32-year-member of the RCMP. He was not on duty at the time of the incident.

The officer and the victim were known to each other but are not related, police say.

Braden Herman

Braden Herman. (Facebook)

Bernie Herman is scheduled to make his first appearance at Prince Albert Provincial Court on Thursday.

Police have also secured a vehicle and a home in the 3300 Block of Dent Crescent in Prince Albert as part of the investigation.

Saskatchewan RCMP said in a news release that the officer was serving with the Prince Albert RCMP traffic services unit.

“The RCMP has processes in place to handle conduct issues, including those as serious as the arrest announced today,” the release said.

“Public trust is essential for the RCMP to effectively serve and protect Canadians. As a result, RCMP employees must conduct themselves in a manner that not only meets, but exceeds, the rightfully high expectations of Canadians.

"The RCMP Code of Conduct is a group of rules used to ensure that RCMP police officers are responsible and accountable for the promotion and maintenance of good conduct in the Force. Contraventions to the RCMP Code of Conduct are taken seriously and a modification to the member’s duty status is currently being processed.”



The Prince Albert Police Service’s Criminal Investigation Division is leading the investigation and has requested an independent observer to oversee their work on the case.

Lyle Karasiuk, director of public affairs for Parkland Ambulance, said paramedics did not respond to the incident.