Three OPP officers charged with manslaughter in death of boy in police shooting

Investigators examine the scene on County Road 17 in Kawartha Lakes, Ont., after a deadly police shooting on Nov. 26, 2020.

Toronto Sun/The Special Invesigtations Unit has laid charges against three provincial police officers in the shooting death of a one-year-old boy in Kawartha Lakes in November 2020.

OPP officers shot at the boy’s 33-year-old father in his car after he allegedly abducted his child. The child, identified by the SIU as 18-month-old Jameson Shapiro, died that day while his father died of gunshot wounds about a week later.

The SIU had been investigating the Nov. 26 incident. In November 2021, the SIU said they were reviewing a forensic ballistics report from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Last year, Peterborough County OPP members were dispatched to a domestic dispute involving a man armed with a firearm in Trent Lakes, which police say was being investigated as a parental abduction.

Officers caught up with the suspect near Lindsay, who in his attempt to flee police rammed a passing car before running down and critically injuring an OPP officer attempting to deploy a spike belt.

Once stopped, the accused — with his allegedly abducted one-year-old with him inside the pickup truck — exchanged gunfire with police.

OPP Consts. Nathan Vanderheyden, Kenneth Pengelly and Grayson Cappus have each been charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminal negligence causing death.

They are to appear in court in Lindsay, Ont. on Oct. 6.

The Ontario Provincial Police Association issued a statement on Wednesday.

“This incident is a tragic circumstance for all involved. We are fully supporting our members charged and our officers and civilian staff affected, with some still off work,” OPP Association president Rob Stinson said. “It has impacted many people, families, first responders, and our members. Every single day police officers make split second decisions that most will never have to make and wouldn’t want to make. This case is now before the courts. Everyone is entitled to due process. Our members have cooperated with the investigation in accordance with the law.”

Source: — with files by Bryan Passifiume