Cop shot at courthouse credits nurse for his life
Published Saturday, March 29, 2014 10:33AM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, March 29, 2014 5:50PM EDT
The wife of a veteran police officer who was shot at a Toronto-area courthouse says the day "may have had a different outcome" for her husband had it not been for the quick actions of a nurse.
In a statement released by Peel Regional Police on Saturday, Const. Mike Klarenbeek's wife said her husband wanted to thank a nurse who was at the courthouse on Friday morning.
"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's wife, Lynn said. The statement adds that Klarenbeek's family is also thankful to everyone who has been offering support "through this difficult time."
"I can't express enough the care we have received….Everyone has been so supportive; we thank you all for your thoughts and prayers."
Klarenbeek, 53, was providing security at the Brampton, Ont., courthouse on Friday morning, when a man walked in and opened fire.
Klarenbeek was rushed to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Hospital shortly after 11 a.m. The next morning, Peel police tweeted that he was alert and speaking with family.
"Great News! Cst. Klarenbeek is alert and speaking with his family. Your prayers worked and he is doing well! Thank you all," according to the tweet sent Saturday.
Officials say Klarenbeek, who has worked with the force for nearly 30 years, had been assigned to the courts for some time.
The shooting suspect was killed by police gunfire. The suspect’s name has not been released, but police believe he is from Brampton. In an email to the Canadian Press, a spokesperson with the province's police watchdog say the suspect was 46-years-old.
Individuals in the courthouse at the time of the shooting were locked in the building as police secured the scene.
Ontario's Special Investigations Unit is probing how police handled the shooting, and has assigned more than a dozen investigators to the case.
The SIU investigates all police actions involving death or serious injury.