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Kawartha Lakes SIU invest-igation continues to be ongoing

DAN CEARNS, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, for The Standard

KAWARTHA LAKES: The investigation into an OPP incident which led to the deaths of a one-year-old boy and his father, over a year ago in Kawartha Lakes, continues to be ongoing.

In an email to The Standard, Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) spokesperson Kristy Denette stated, the SIU has “no updates at this time,” and she will “provide another news release at the conclusion of the investigation.”

The last update in the case came in late November, when the SIU reported they “received testing results from the Federal Bureau of Investigation” and they were “reviewing the FBI’s forensic report.”

The incident occurred on November 26th, 2020. In a press release at the time, the SIU explained, the incident occurred when “the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was made aware a father had abducted his son from the Municipality of Trent Lakes.”

Officers then located “a pickup truck, in the City of Kawartha Lakes, on Sturgeon Road.”

“On Pigeon Lake Road, the truck became involved in a collision with an OPP cruiser and a civilian vehicle. At that time, an OPP officer was standing outside of the cruiser, and he sustained serious injuries. An interaction ensued between the 33-year-old vehicle driver and officers, and three officers discharged their firearms. The man was struck and airlifted to the hospital in grave condition. Inside the pickup truck was a one-year-old boy. He had sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” the press release stated.

The father later died in a hospital from his injuries.

In September, the SIU explained their investigation into the incident was “in a holding pattern” as they waited for “the results of specialized, out-of-country forensic testing, of some of the ballistic evidence, by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

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