The wife of a Peel Police constable shot at the Brampton courthouse Friday is offering thanks for the outpouring of support her family has received
Mike Klarenbeek's wife Lynn released the following statement on behalf of the family late Saturday afternoon:
“We would like to start by saying thank you to everyone who has been so great through this difficult time. From the paramedics, to the hospital staff, Peel Police, the courthouse staff and the general public. Mike specifically wanted to thank a nurse, who was at the courthouse that day. She was the first to tend to him, before the paramedics arrived. He says without her help, it may have had a different outcome. Chief Jennifer Evans and Superintendent Kim Whyte were instrumental in keeping me and my family comfortable through this process. I can’t express enough the care we have received from Cst. Joy Brown of the Organizational Wellness Bureau. Everyone has been so supportive; we thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.”
As of Saturday afternoon, Constable Klarenbeek was in stable condition at Sunnybrook Health Sciences. He's alert and speaking with family members who are at his bedside.
Klarenbeek is a 29-year veteran of Peel Regional Police and has spent the last five years or so on court detail. He was known around in the hallways as "Big Mike. His police colleagues call him a good man, a good officer, a family man.
Klarenbeek was shot in the abdomen at about 11 a.m. Friday at the Brampton courthouse on Hurontario between Steeles and the 407.
Witnesses say a man tried to get through security in the line reserved for lawyers and staff, and that Klarenbeek tried to stop him from going any further.
The province's special investigations unit says that there was an interaction between the suspect and police. During that interaction, Klarenbeek was injured and the suspect was killed.
People at the scene say as many as 5 shots were fired.
A section of Hurontario was closed for a short time, but was reopened about an hour after the initial call came in. The court was under lockdown while the police task force went floor to floor clearing the building.
Among the people inside the courthouse when the shooting happened, was a high school class having a mock trial. All are safe.
This video surfaced in the moments after the shooting. It was uploaded by Arslan Hanif to Twitter. It clearly shows police tending to what looks like the suspect who is laying on the floor.
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