A Canadian toddler was killed Thursday when Ontario Provincial Police fired at the boy’s father, who had allegedly abducted the child and fled with officers in pursuit.
The father was also struck by bullets and taken to a hospital, and a police officer was seriously injured in a collision between the suspect’s vehicle, a police cruiser, and a civilian vehicle, according to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
The 33-year-old suspect, who has not been named, was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment of his serious injuries. Details on his current condition were not provided.
The Special Investigations Unit said the incident began with call to police at about 8:45 a.m. Thursday saying that a father had abducted his son in Trent Lakes, a tiny township in rural Peterborough County. A police officer spotted the suspect’s pickup truck a short time later in Kawartha Lakes, and officers tried to make a traffic stop.
After the collision, “an interaction ensued between the 33-year-old vehicle driver and officers, and three officers discharged their firearms,” SIU said. “The man was struck and airlifted to the hospital in grave condition.”
At that point, officers discovered the 1-year-old boy in the truck. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators have not said if the boy was killed by police gunfire; detectives did find a handgun in the truck, according to Kawartha Now.
The officer injured in the crash was standing outside the police cruiser involved at the time, SIU said. Late Friday, he was reported to be in stable condition, according to Global News.
Critical Incident near #Lindsay. OPP members are currently engaged with a critical incident. Please avoid the area of Pigeon Lake Road (Kawatha Lakes Road 17). The is no threat to public safety. More information will be provided as it becomes available. ^jf pic.twitter.com/VNh4fO3AeC
— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) November 26, 2020
Neighbors back in Trent Lakes described the scene just after the abduction. Neighbor Tom Deciccio said a woman, her son, and a therapist frantically knocked on his door.
“Some people came to the house and wanted in, for a safe haven and there was something about the husband had left with the little baby,” he told Global News.
Michelle Barry, another neighbor, said she heard the truck as it left the home.
“We heard the first vehicle hit the side of the road, so you could tell it was going really fast,” she said. “Almost like a car chase. Then we heard the sirens.”
SIU, which is investigating the shooting, said that an autopsy would be performed on the boy’s body on Saturday.
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