A one-year-old boy died after police opened fire on his father during a kidnapping.
The tragedy occurred in Ontario, Canada when three police officers shot at the 33-year-old father of the boy, 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 scene, 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 that a gun was found in the father’s truck.
A statement from the Canadian Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is leading the investigation, said the boy’s father was flown to hospital in a “severe” condition.
Officers were called in to report that he had kidnapped his young son.
It states: “At around 8:45 am on November 26, 2020, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were notified that a father had abducted his son from the Trent Lakes community.
“A short time later, the OPP found a vehicle of interest – a pickup truck – in the town of Kawartha Lakes on Sturgeon Road. The officers 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 the time, an OPP officer was standing outside the cruiser and suffered serious injuries.
“The 33-year-old driver interacted with the officers, and three officers released their firearms. The man was beaten and flown to hospital in severe condition.
“There was a one-year-old boy in the pickup. He had a gunshot wound and was declared dead at the scene.”
Spokeswoman Monica Hudon said: “It is too early to know why officers shot the vehicle and it is too early to know exactly what happened.”