An update from the SIU on Friday (Jan. 15) includes few new details on the shooting death of a one-year-old boy in Kawartha Lakes last November.
While the case is progressing, investigators have still not determined who fired the fatal shot – the boy’s father, who later died, or police officers.
Understandably, there is a pressing public interest in this case, including how the child died and whether it was gunfire from the father or OPP officers that caused the death,” reads the update.
“The SIU is working to make these determinations. In so doing, it is imperative that best investigative practices be strictly adhered to, including the sequencing of various forensic examinations in the proper order.”
While post-mortems of the child and of his father were completed on Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, respectively, the SIU has not yet received reports.
To date, 18 witness officers and 14 civilian witnesses have been interviewed.
“The three subject officers, who were designated as such on the basis of information that they each discharged their firearm in the course of the incident, have not as yet availed themselves of an opportunity to be interviewed,” the update reads.
“Subject officers are under no legal obligation to speak with the SIU but may if they choose to do so.”