A woman at a Brampton, Toronto, courthouse who sprung into action last week after an officer was shot in the abdominal area recounted the heart-pounding moments in a recent interview, revealing the disturbing comments some allegedly directed toward her for helping a cop.
“I saw the blood pumping out of him and I was pretty worried,” Linda Hunt told the Toronto Sun. “I knew if I didn’t do something immediately, he was going to bleed out."
Hunt was at the courthouse on marijuana-related charges when she saw Constable Mike Klarenbeek get shot. The gunman was later shot and killed by police.
According to Hunt, many people at the court were telling her not to help the injured officer.
“There were some people actually yelling at me for helping a police officer,” she said. “They were telling me to not help him, saying I was despicable.”
“It was awful. I was disgusted with them,” she added.
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Others, Hunt said, just did not know what to do.
“A lot of people there didn’t know what to do and the police were busy trying to make sure everybody else was safe so I just stuck my hand in around the wounds and kept it there,” she said.
“It is a very dangerous place,” she said of his abdominal injury. “Basically I applied pressure right to the wound.”
Hunt's identity initially was a mystery, leaving some — including Klarenbeek — to suspect she was a nurse. Shortly after Hunt helped the officer, Klarenbeek's wife released a statement.
“Mike specifically wanted to thank a nurse, who was at the courthouse that day,” the statement said. “She was the first to tend to him, before the paramedics arrived. He says without her help, it may have had a different outcome.”
According to Hunt, she was at the courthouse on marijuana charges.
“I take marijuana to help me with my pain and seizures. I bake it and eat it to help me but I have to deal with it,” she said. “I have not been in trouble before.”
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