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Deadly courthouse shooting

10:30 a.m. update: 

Ontario's police watchdog has confirmed a man is dead following a shooting at a Toronto-area courthouse which also sent an officer to hospital.

The Special Investigations Unit says the incident happened at 11 a.m. when a man entered the Brampton, Ont., courthouse and discharged a firearm "reportedly injuring" a Peel region police officer.

The SIU says there was then an interaction between Peel police officers and the man during which an officer discharged his firearm and the man was struck and has been pronounced dead.

The SIU says it has assigned fifteen investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of the incident.

A police officer at the scene tells The Canadian Press that the injured officer had been rushed to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

The courthouse building remains under lockdown.

10 a.m. update: 

A police officer has been injured following a shooting at a Toronto-area courthouse this morning.

Peel Region police say the officer has been taken to hospital but would not comment on the extent of their injuries.

Const. Fiona Thivierge says the shooting occurred within the courthouse, but adds that the Special Investigations Unit has been called in and police are not allowed to provide any more information.

The SIU investigates when police officers are involved in incidents where someone has been seriously injured, dies or alleges sexual assault.

Thivierge says that because of the lockdown police can not confirm if more people have been injured.

The incident took place around 11 a.m. and was first reported by eye witnesses through social media.

Alex Anderson said he was in the hallway of the first floor of the building when he heard a shot being fired.

"I heard one shot and I didn't think too much of it, I looked around and a lot of people froze," he told The Canadian Press.

"Then a series of shots that just went two, three, four, five. In that process, people were running. Everyone was scattering to the nearest courtroom that they can just get into."

The 22-year-old said he later emerged back into the first-floor hallway and saw what appeared to be a covered body lying on the floor near the building's entrance.

He also saw a woman, who was crying as she spoke on her cellphone, saying she had seen what happened.

"She said that it happened right in front of her, that a man had reached into his long trench coat and fired a shot," Anderson said.

Anderson said the front entrance of the courthouse was blocked off as a crime scene while those who were in the building are being held in rooms on the second floor as potential witnesses to the incident.

"There's officers standing by the escalator, there's a whole bunch of officers by the front door, there's countless police cars outside, it's taped off everywhere," he said.

Sangeeta Patel, a criminal lawyer, said she was ordered to remain in her office for security reasons.

Patel also tweeted a photo showing three police cruisers outside the building entrance and several police officers standing there.

Police sealed off the perimeter to the large courthouse and parking lot as dozens of officers in cruisers and ambulances responded.

Two helicopters kept watch from overhead.

8:30 a.m. story: One person has been injured in a shooting at a Brampton, Ont. courthouse on Friday morning, Peel region police have confirmed.

Several witnesses have tweeted from the courthouse that they heard a shooting and that the building was locked down.

Sangeeta Patel, a criminal lawyer, tells The Canadian Press that she was ordered to remain in her office for security reasons.

“There were two or four gunshots heard on the first floor of the building," Patel said in a phone interview.

There are reports that the victim is a police officer, but this has not been confirmed. The extent of the victim's injuries is not yet known.

Patel also tweeted a photo showing three police cruisers outside the building entrance and several police officers standing there.

The Canadian Press


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