Evidence indicates child was killed by police gunfire in Kawartha Lakes

An update from the SIU Thursday (Feb. 11) notes that police gunfire was responsible for the death of a one-year-old boy in Kawartha Lakes back in November.

“Upon receipt and review of additional forensic evidence in this case, including the results of the postmortem examination performed on a child, and reports prepared by the Centre of Forensic Sciences of analyses conducted with respect to bloodstains in the pickup truck, the trajectory of shots that struck the truck, and firearms, cartridge cases and projectiles, the SIU can today confirm that the child’s death on November 26, 2020 in Kawartha Lakes was the result of being shot by police,” reads a media release.

“On that date, the one-year-old boy died in the course of an interaction between the boy’s 33-year-old father and Ontario Provincial Police officers. The father – who was shot by police – succumbed to his injuries in hospital.”

The investigation is ongoing.

According to a Jan. 15 update from the SIU, the three subject officers who reportedly each discharged their firearm in the course of the incident, had not yet availed themselves of an opportunity to be interviewed for the investigation.

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