Cop shot in Brampton courthouse gun battle on the mend

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.

Chris Doucette and Shawn Jeffords, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:58 PM ET

TORONTO -- A Peel Regional police officer is on the mend after he was shot inside a courthouse Friday in a battle with a gunman.

While Const. Mike Klarenbeek, 53, was recovering in hospital Saturday, his wife issued a statement on behalf of their family, commending the paramedics, hospital staff, fellow officers, courthouse staff and the general public for all of their efforts.

Lynn Klarenbeek said her husband is particularly grateful to one medical staffer who wasn't actually working Friday.

"Mike specifically wanted to thank a nurse who was at the courthouse that day," Lynn stated. "She was the first to tend to him, before the paramedics arrived.

"He says without her help, it may have had a different outcome."

Klarenbeek, a father of two with 29 years of service, was among the officers working at the security check when a man with a gun entered the Brampton courthouse around 11 a.m. Friday.

A QMI Agency source said the man bolted after setting off the metal detectors, and when Klarenbeek gave chase and ordered him to stop, the man pulled out a gun, turned and opened fire, striking the officer in the stomach.

Fellow officers returned fire, killing the gunman as frightened people in the courthouse ran for their lives.


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