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Updated: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:57:37 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Brampton, Ont., courthouse shooting: Officer wounded, suspect dead



Police converge on the Brampton courthouse where a police officer was shot this morning. Christopher Williams/CBC

Police converge on the Brampton courthouse where a police officer was shot this morning. Christopher Williams/CBC

A Peel Regional Police officer was rushed to hospital after he was shot inside a courthouse in Brampton, Ont., Friday morning. Police say the suspect was then shot dead during an interaction with police that followed.

Peel Regional Police confirmed that Michael Klarenbeek is the name of the officer shot at the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse. He was transported to Brampton Civic Hospital for treatment, where his condition is stable.

The province's Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said that at about 11 a.m. on Friday, a man entered the courthouse at 7755 Hurontario St. and "discharged a firearm reportedly injuring a Peel Regional Police Service officer."

"There then was an interaction involving officers with the Peel Regional Police and the man. During the interaction, a PRPS officer discharged his firearm and the man was struck and has been pronounced dead," SIU spokesperson Jasbir Brar told reporters.

The suspect, a Brampton man, died at scene, according to the SIU. There are 15 SIU investigators probing the circumstances of the man's death.

The SIU asking for witnesses to come forward.

The first floor of the courthouse was in lockdown and police tactical units were on the scene as of 1 p.m.

Peel Regional Police Const. Fiona Thivierge said there was no risk to the general public.

Shortly after noon ET, CBC News spoke with Sangetta Patel, a criminal lawyer who was inside the courthouse at the time of the shooting.

She didn't witness what happened, but said she heard an officer yell up to the second floor for everyone to get back inside the courtrooms and to lock all doors.

"I was just standing outside on the second floor and we just saw three cruisers pull up very urgently to the front of the door and then officers ran in. Then we heard an officer on the second floor basically instructing us to get inside the court as soon as possible and lock ourselves in."

Patel said people on the second floor were eventually allowed out of the courtrooms but were being restricted to the second floor.

The SIU automatically investigates all incidents in which anyone is hurt or killed during an interaction with police.

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