March 28, 2014 / 5:25 PM / 4 years ago

Police officer injured, suspect dead in Toronto-area courthouse shooting

TORONTO (Reuters) - A police officer was rushed to hospital after a shooting at a Toronto area courthouse on Friday, while the man who shot him was killed by another officer, police said.

Constable Mike Klarenbeek, a 29-year police veteran, was shot after a man approached a security checkpoint at the courthouse, police said. Klarenbeek was part of the security detail at the courthouse in Brampton, Ontario, a city of about 500,000 just west of Toronto.

Police said another officer returned fire, killing the shooter, who has not been identified.

“As a result, (Klarenbeek) suffered a gunshot wound and the male party is deceased,” Peel Regional Police spokesman Dan Richardson told a news conference.

Richardson said Klarenbeek was in stable condition. He would not comment on a possible motive for the shooting.

The courthouse, which holds about 50 courtrooms and funnels visitors through a metal detector at the security checkpoint, was briefly on lockdown after the incident, with TV images showing police cars and emergency vehicles surrounding the building.

Reporting by Cameron French; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama; and Peter Galloway

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