Charge dropped against woman who aided shot cop

Linda Hunt (DAVE ABEL/QMI AGENCY)

Linda Hunt (DAVE ABEL/QMI AGENCY)

Joe Warmington, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

TORONTO ─ The hero who saved a police officer's life no longer has a drug charge hanging over her.

"And I won't have a criminal record," said Linda Hunt. "I am so relieved."

The 54-year-old who leapt to the assistance of Peel Regional Police Const. Mike Klarenbeek and pressed on his wound to stop the bleeding says she got the good news exactly one week after being in the middle of last Friday's shooting at the Brampton courthouse.

Hunt said she was told the charge was withdrawn and a spokesman for the Ministry of the Attorney General confirmed it Friday.

She was before the courts on a marijuana possession charge and was to attend a hearing on March 28.

But before entering the courtroom, Hunt was sitting next to the security area when Klarenbeek was struck with a bullet.

"I saw the blood pumping out of him so I knew I had to do something," she recalled.

Her St. John's Ambulance training from three decades ago came in handy and with the strong hands of another Peel officer was able to control the bleeding until the paramedics arrived.

Witnesses said her fast action was so impressive everybody thought she was a nurse.

Hunt said she is not sure if publicity played a role in her charges being dropped but either way she is grateful.

Hunt refuses to accept that she is a hero and says she is more concerned about Klarenbeek's recovery.

She's happy to hear he's home and plans to write him a letter.


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