Peel Police Officer shot at Brampton Courthouse is rushed into Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on March 28, 2014.
Credits: Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency
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BRAMPTON, Ont. - A gunman was shot dead by police after he opened fire and wounded a veteran cop inside the city's main courthouse Friday.
Const. Michael Klarenbeek, a 29-year veteran, was rushed to Sunnybrook hospital's trauma unit.
Klarenbeek, assigned to security at the Grenville & William Davis Courthouse, suffered a stomach wound in the 11 a.m. attack. He was listed in stable condition as of mid-afternoon.
Chief Jennifer Evans was at the hospital with Klarenbeek on Friday.
An officer described him as a "good man, good officer" and "family man" during an update.
A court volunteer, who identified herself as Jennifer, said she was told "a man tried to get past security and when he was challenged, he pulled out a gun."
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit confirmed an officer returned fire in the ensuing melee and killed the gunman.
Dozens of police vehicles remained outside the courthouse Friday afternoon.
Lawyers, who were among those in lockdown inside the courthouse, about 30 km northwest of Toronto, tweeted as the drama unfolded.
"Latest we're hearing that an officer and two civilians shot in the front lobby," criminal lawyer Will Jaksa, who was locked down in Courtroom 202, tweeted. That report has not been confirmed by authorities.
"People were scrambling to get out of the hallways," Jaksa said. "Cops bravely went running towards the gunshots."
Among others in the lockdown was at least two dozen high school students, who were at the courthouse participating in mock trials when the shots rang out.
"You freeze up and you get scared and don't know what to do," said 16-year-old Nevada Martin.
The SIU is called whenever someone is seriously injured or killed during an interaction with a police officer. The agency has assigned 15 investigators and three forensic investigators to the case.