A one-year-old boy died after police opened fire on his father during a kidnapping.
The tragedy took place in Ontario, Canada, when three officers fired on the boy’s 33-year-old father, who was seriously injured in the confrontation.
The little boy, who has not yet been identified, was found fatally injured in a pickup truck and died on the spot, investigators said in a statement.
A police officer was also injured after being hit by a vehicle when he and his colleagues tried to stop the truck.
Investigators later said a gun had been found in the father’s truck.
In a statement, the Canadian Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is leading the investigation, said the boy’s father was taken to hospital in a ‘serious’ condition.
Officers were called to report kidnapping his young son.
It said: “At around 8:45 AM on Nov. 26, 2020, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was notified that a father had kidnapped his son from Trent Lakes Municipality.
Shortly afterwards, the OPP found a vehicle of interest – a pickup truck – in the town of Kawartha Lakes on Sturgeon Road. Agents tried to stop the truck.
On Pigeon Lake Road, the truck was involved in a collision with an OPP cruiser and a civilian vehicle. At that point, an OPP officer stood outside the cruiser and was seriously injured.
There was an interaction between the 33-year-old driver of the vehicle and the officers, and three officers dropped their firearms. The man was hit and taken to hospital in serious condition with an airlift.
There was a one-year-old boy in the pick-up. He sustained a gunshot wound and was declared dead on the spot. ‘
Spokeswoman Monica Hudon said, “It is too early for us to know why officers fired on the vehicle, and it is too early for us to know exactly what happened.”