A police officer who was shot at a Brampton courthouse remained in hospital in stable condition, alert and speaking with his family, police said Saturday.
Const. Mike Klarenbeek, 53, was providing security at the A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse on Hurontario Street Friday morning when a gunman walked in and opened fire. The officer, who serves with Peel Regional Police, was wounded and his assailant was killed by police gunfire.
Klarenbeek’s wife Lynn issued a statement on behalf of the family, thanking paramedics, hospital staff, police, courthouse staff and the public.
“Mike specifically wanted to thank a nurse, who was at the courthouse that day. She was the first to tend to him, before the paramedics arrived. He says without her help, it may have had a different outcome,” she said.
Police haven’t disclosed the gunman’s name because the family hasn’t consented. But the SIU told 680News he was 46 years old. Police believe he was from Brampton. His motive is not known.
Klarenbeek, a 30-year police veteran described as a family man, was taken to a Toronto trauma centre following the shooting.
Peel police thanked people who sent along well wishes for the officer through social media.
“There are so many tweets being sent for Cst. Klarenbeek that I am unable to respond to all, but please be assured everyone is appreciated.” Peel police said on their Twitter feed.
“Your prayers worked and he is doing well! Thank you all.”
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the Ontario police watchdog that investigates police actions involving death of serious injury, was going over the sequence of events at the courthouse and assigned more than a dozen investigators to the case. They finished collecting evidence at the scene on Saturday afternoon.
Great News! Cst. Klarenbeek is alert and speaking with his family. Your prayers worked and he is doing well! Thank you all.
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) March 29, 2014
With files from The Canadian Press