The police officer who was shot in a Brampton, Ont. courthouse Friday is in stable condition surrounded by his family and fellow officers, according to Peel Regional Police.
Constable Mike Klarenbeek, a 29-year veteran of the force, was shot at about 11 a.m. March 28 when a man entered the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse and opened fire. The man, whose name has yet to be released, was shot by police and pronounced dead.
According to the Special Investigations Unit, the shooter was a 46-year-old male, however, his family has not given permission for his identity to be released.
Constable Klarenbeek was rushed from the scene to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto where he underwent surgery and continues to recover.
His wife Lynn issued a statement through the Peel Regional Police Saturday afternoon, thanking paramedics, hospital staff, police, courthouse staff and the 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." she said in the statement.
"Everyone has been so supportive; we thank you all for your thoughts and prayers."
In a statement released Friday, Peel Regional Police chief Jennifer Evans said, "it is difficult hearing news that one of my officers has been injured. I am able to share with all of you that Mike is recovering after having had surgery."
Support continued to pour out on Twitter prompting Peel police to tweet "There are so many tweets being sent for Cst. Klarenbeek that I am unable to respond to all, but please be assured everyone is appreciated."
According to a spokeswoman, the SIU finished collecting evidence at the courthouse Saturday afternoon. However, the agency continues its probe and has identified two officers as the subjects of its investigation.
The SIU investigates incidents where a police officer may have been involved in an assault or death.