Court Security

Police officer critically wounded, suspect dead in shooting that locked down Canadian courthouse

A police officer was critically wounded Friday in a shooting near the entrance of a Canadian courthouse located in a suburb of Toronto.

Those in the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse in Brampton scrambled as shots were heard, and lawyers, judges and others were locked into courtrooms as police sprinted toward the sound of gunfire and law enforcement swarmed the area, according to the National Post and the Toronto Star.

Authorities said a Peel Regional Police officer was wounded when a man tried to enter the courthouse with a gun and the unidentified suspect was then shot to death, the National Post reports.

It appears that the courthouse will remain shut down for some time as an investigation continues in what one law enforcement officer described as “a very complex scene.” A tactical unit with a dog has been searching the third floor of the building and witnesses to the shooting are being kept segregated for questioning.

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