Shots fired in Canadian court, one injured

March 29, 2014 - 7:21:07 am

OTTAWA: Canadian police swarmed a Toronto area courthouse yesterday in response to a shooting that left at least one person — possibly a policeman — injured.

“We can confirm that a party has been shot, the extent of the injuries are not yet known. Emergency run being done to Toronto,” Peel Regional Police said in a Twitter message.

A police spokeswoman told public broadcaster CBC that an emergency call was received at 10.59 am (1459 GMT) after “shots were fired within the courthouse.”

The officer said the packed building in Brampton, Ontario, was immediately locked down, and the injured person was rushed to hospital.  “We believe a few others were also injured,” she added.

The courthouse, situated about 43km from downtown Toronto, is the busiest in Canada. 

Canadian television showed images from a news helicopter of an ambulance escorted by several police cars speeding down a highway toward a local hospital, where a uniformed man—possibly a policeman or a court guard—was then taken on a stretcher into the emergency room.

Nine removed, one quits in US Air Force probe

WASHINGTON: The head of the nuclear missile wing at a base in Montana resigned and nine officers were removed from their jobs over a test-cheating scandal that involved 91 missile launch officers, the Air Force said.

Lieutenant General Stephen Wilson, head of the Air Force’s Global Strike Command, said Colonel Robert Stanley, commander of the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, had resigned on Thursday and would retire from the service.

The nine other officers, mainly colonels and lieutenant colonels, were removed from their positions of command at the Montana base that is home to a third of the nation’s nearly 450  intercontinental ballistic missiles. They will be reassigned to staff jobs and face administrative punishment, such as formal reprimands or letters of counselling.

Wilson said the root of the problem was the emphasis on perfection in the nuclear mission at the Montana base and throughout the missile force, which led to cheating on exams in an effort to achieve the sort of perfect scores perceived to be  required for advancement and promotion.