Mystery still surrounds the reason why a reputed drug dealer walked into the courthouse in Brampton, Ont., and got into a deadly shootout with police.
Neighbours and acquaintances of Charnjit "Sonny" Bassi said the 45-year-old Brampton man was quiet, decent and helpful, as well as recently religious, the Toronto Sun reported.
Bassi, who had a criminal record dating back 15 years, was killed in the lobby of the Brampton courthouse Friday morning in an exchange of gunfire that wounded a police officer in the stomach.
Police said Bassi was known by police to be heavily involved in the drug trade, the Sun said, but his previous run-ins with the law were not drug related. He'd been previously charged with aggravated assault and credit-card fraud, the Toronto Star reported.
Bassi apparently had no scheduled court appearances the day he walked into the building.
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