'Big Mike' big hero at Brampton courthouse

Const. Michael Klarenbeek was shot Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Brampton, Ont., courthouse.

Const. Michael Klarenbeek was shot Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Brampton, Ont., courthouse.

Joe Warmington, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:09 PM ET

BRAMPTON, Ont. - Friday’s heroics will go down in Canadian history as just what police are prepared to do to protect the people they are sworn to protect.

Just how bloody could this have turned out if not for the gallantry of some Peel Regional Police officers?

It’s excruciating to ponder.

Chilling.

It’s already bad enough when you consider a 29-year veteran is in Sunnybrook Hospital after a gunshot to the abdomen area.

But what kind of carnage could there have been had “Big Mike” not bravely accosted a gunman at the security stop and taken a bullet in the process?

What would have happened had this gunman got past Const. Michael Klarenbeek and the security apparatus at the Davis Courthouse in Brampton?

“It’s something we are all thinking about,” said Peel Staff-Sgt. Dan Richardson.

Peel police is a family for sure. And Peel police also take a lot of pride in protecting their communities.

The reality is that all that was between the shooter and the packed Brampton courthouse was Peel’s valiant security detail.

There were children in the court. Moms, dads, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, grandparents.

I don’t need to wait for the Special Investigations Unit’s report to know these cops stopped a potential catastrophe.

Most out here were saying just that.

“They are heroes,” said lawyer Paul O’Mara. “All of them. There is no question about that. Mike for sure and the officer or officers who took down the suspect.”

The bottom line is the gunman did not get by security.

“It worked,” said O’Mara. “Imagine if he had got in and went up the escalators.”

Or into the ground-floor cafeteria.

“He would have access to the whole court,” said O’Mara.


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