KAWARTHA LAKES-Three OPP officers charged in the death of a toddler near Lindsay had their first court date on Thursday.
The Special Investigations Unit was called in to investigate after the father allegedly abducted his child on November 26,2020 leading to a high-speed chase through the rural roads in Kawartha Lakes.
At approximately 8:45 a.m. the OPP responded to the abduction of a child by his father in the Municipality of Trent Lakes. The OPP located a vehicle of interest in the City of Kawartha Lakes on Sturgeon Road a short time later. Officers attempted to stop the truck with the father and child inside. The truck became involved in a collision with an OPP cruiser and a civilian vehicle on Pigeon Lake Road. At that time, an OPP officer was standing outside of the cruiser and he sustained serious injuries. There was an interaction between the 33-year-old father and officers, and three officers discharged their firearms. Both the father and son were shot and died of their injuries.
The SIU said its investigation revealed it was OPP bullets that killed both father and son.
The child, identified by the SIU as 18-month-old Jameson Shapiro, died that day, while the father died of gunshot wounds about a week later.
Constables Nathan Vanderheyden, Kenneth Pengelly and Grayson Cappus have each been charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminal negligence causing death in relation to the boy’s death. Read more here: https://www.kawartha411.ca/2022/08/31/three-opp-officers-charged-in-death-of-18-month-old-baby-boy-in-november-2020/
They are being represented in court by Joseph Markson. Markson has represented a number of police officers and is considered an expert in these types of cases.
We have reached out to Markson for comment but have not yet heard back.
None of the officers were in court Thursday and the case was put over to November 17th.