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SIU identifies man shot to death in Brampton courthouse

Peel police released a photo Monday of the man suspected of shooting a police officer in a Brampton courthouse on Friday.

Charnjit “Sonny” Bassi, 45, of Brampton died in the courthouse after an “interaction” with police, the SIU said.

Const. Klarenbeek, 53, is out of intensive care but remains in hospital.

The courthouse reopened Monday, but questions were still lingering among employees.

“Why? Why would somebody do that? It is sad because there are so many innocent people there. It is just sad,” a woman, who did not give her name, told 680News reporter Carl Hanstke.

There has been no word on a possible motive for the shooting, which happened at A. Grenville & William Davis Courthouse on Hurontario Street around 11 a.m. on Friday.

Bassi was the father of a seven-year-old girl. Neighbours say he and his wife divorced about four years ago but the two appeared to remain amicable, adding the two lived near each other and he would mow her lawn and shovel her driveway.

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is probing the incident. The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates all reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.