SIU formally identifies man killed after Brampton courthouse shooting
Published Monday, March 31, 2014 2:07PM EDT
Officials have released the name of the man shot and killed after a shooting last week at a Brampton, Ont., courthouse, where one police officer was injured.
Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit confirmed Monday the deceased man's name was Charnjit Singh Bassi, 45, of Brampton.
On Sunday, Bassi's neighbours on Brampton’s Flower Trail Road told CTV Toronto they hadn't seen "Sonny" Bassi or his family for several days, but said police were at the home Friday to conduct a search warrant.
Neighbours said Bassi was often seen playing outside his home with his daughter. He lived at the home with his mother, while his ex-wife lived several houses down the street.
"All I see is him playing around with the kid, that’s all I see," Waqar Ahmed told CTV Toronto. "I never see him, like, in an argument or any fights."
Police allege a man walked into the Brampton courthouse around 11 a.m. on Friday and opened fire. The shooting wounded 30-year Peel Regional Police veteran Const. Mike Klarenbeek, who was providing security at the courthouse at the time.
The suspected shooter was then killed by police.
There has been no word on a possible motive for the shooting.
Klarenbeek is currently recovering at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Science Centre. On Sunday, Peel Police's Const. Fiona Thivierge told The Canadian Press that Klarenbeek is on the "road to recovery."
Ontario's Special Investigation Unit, which investigates all police actions involving death or serious injury, is now probing the shooting.
The actions of two officers at the scene are being reviewed, SIU spokesperson Jasbir Brar told The Canadian Press. More than a dozen officers have been assigned to the case.
With files from The Canadian Press