Former Prince Albert RCMP officer Bernie Herman, found guilty of Manslaughter in the death of Braden Herman

The 2021 Saskatchewan Homicide Victim List is available here.

Prince Albert Police were called to a wooded area within the city for a report of a deceased male on May 11th in the early evening.

Police located the deceased who was identified by friends and family as 26-year-old Braden Herman of Clearwater River Dene Nation. The investigation led to the arrest of Cpl. Bernie Herman, 53, a 32-year-member of the RCMP, and a charge of first-degree murder.

Police said Bernie Herman was off duty at the time of the homicide. Bernie Herman and Braden Herman were known to each other and were not related. The body of Braden was located at Little Red Park in Prince Albert on May 11 after Bernie called a coworker “and made disturbing comments that he had killed someone,” said Prince Albert police.

Prince Albert Police Insp. Craig Mushka said “It is believed that he was in full uniform at the time of the offence.” 

Update May 26th
RCMP was in the process of suspending Cpl. Bernie Herman of the Prince Albert detachment when he submitted his resignation last week, the force said in a statement on May 26th.

Update January 25th 2023
“Justice Gary Meschishnick said he didn’t believe Bernie Herman’s testimony that he felt threatened by the younger man. But he says he had reasonable doubt about whether the Mountie could have been provoked and lost his cool.”

Bernie Herman has been found guilty of manslaughter. Herman will officially be sentenced on Apr. 25, 2024.