The province’s police watchdog has charged three Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers in connection with the shooting death of a baby boy during a confrontation between police and his father in Kawartha Lakes two years ago.
The incident occurred on Nov. 26, 2020, near Lindsay, Ont. It began in the morning when OPP were called to the Municipality of Trent Lakes, where a 33-year-old man had allegedly abducted his son.
Police were able to locate a vehicle of interest, a pickup truck, and attempted to stop it. A short time later, the truck collided with an OPP cruiser and a civilian vehicle.
The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) said a subsequent interaction between the 33-year-old man and police resulted in three officers firing shots.
The man was struck and transported to hospital, where he died a week later. The man’s young son was found with a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.
In Feb. 2021, the SIU confirmed that the boy, identified as 18-month-old Jameson Shapiro, was shot and killed by police.