OPP officers shot and killed one-year-old baby in Kawartha Lakes incident, SIU says


The one-year-old baby who died in a high-profile Kawartha Lakes incident late last year was fatally shot by police, Ontario’s police watchdog confirmed Thursday.

In a brief statement coming nearly three months after the shooting, the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) confirmed the boy’s death was the result of being shot by the Ontario Provincial Police.

“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 the release.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been laid.

The SIU has not identified the child, but the Star has confirmed the baby’s name as Jameson Shapiro. The boy’s father, a 33-year-old man, was also fatally shot by police during the encounter and died in hospital a week later.

The shooting happened after OPP officers responded to call about a father abducting his young son.

According to the SIU, police had been attempting to stop a pickup truck near the City of Kawartha Lakes when the truck collided with an OPP cruiser. An officer who was standing outside the vehicle sustained serious injuries.

Three OPP officers then opened fire at the pickup truck. The baby was found inside suffering from a gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

The SIU’s update does not include any information about whether the investigation has determined which officer or officers’ shot killed the baby.

In a statement Thursday, the Ontario Provincial Police Association expressed condolences to the boy’s family, saying: “We are all devastated when a child tragically dies.”

“The OPP Association respects the investigative process. We continue to support our members affected by the incident,” the statement said.

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Wendy Gillis is a Toronto-based reporter covering crime and policing for the Star. Reach her by email at wgillis@thestar.ca or follow her on Twitter: @wendygillis





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