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03/31/2014 09:09 EDT | Updated 05/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Brampton courthouse reopens, as investigators search for answers

A Brampton, Ont., courthouse reopened Monday, just three days after a man opened fire, wounded a policeman and was subsequently shot dead.

Peel Regional Police Const. Mike Klarenbeek was wounded Friday morning, after a man reportedly tried to pass security in the courthouse, before opening fire at about 11 a.m.

That man has since been identified as 45-year-old Charnjit "Sonny" Bassi of Brampton.

Bassi was killed in an interaction with police after he opened fire.

Chief Jennifer Evans told CBC News that she couldn’t say much about Friday’s incident, as it remains under investigation by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit.

But Evans was clear about what she thought of her officer’s actions.

"Is Mike a hero? Absolutely," Evans said. "I think a lot of heroes were here on Friday."

Over the weekend, police reported that Klarenbeek had left the intensive care unit and was on the mend in hospital. There is no word yet on when he will be able to return to work.

The SIU probes all incidents involving police in which death or serious injury occur, or when allegations of sexual assault are raised.

On Monday, the SIU identified Bassi as the man shot dead by police.

Peel Regional Police released a photo of Bassi on Monday. The force is asking members of the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding a motive for the shooting.

Investigators are also looking for information about Bassi’s movements and activities in the final weeks of his life. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205.

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