KAWARTHA LAKES-The provinces Special Investigations Unit continues to investigate an incident involving the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his 33-year-old father in Kawartha Lakes last November.
Officials say both sustained gunshot wounds on November 26, 2020 in the course of an interaction between the father and Kawartha Lakes OPP officers. The boy was pronounced deceased at the scene, and the father succumbed to his injuries almost one week later.
According to the SIU, the investigation is currently in a hold pattern awaiting the results of specialized, out-of-country forensic testing of some of the ballistic evidence by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It’s unclear what results they are waiting for as officials previously said that 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 confirm that the child’s death on November 26, 2020 in Kawartha Lakes was the result of being shot by police.
“The SIU recognizes the high public interest in this tragic case and is moving as quickly as it can to bring the investigation to resolution. We ask for the public’s continued patience as the investigation is conducted.” said a press release issued today.