The Peterborough Examiner

Hearing scheduled in police shooting that killed toddler

Three OPP officers are charged with manslaught­er

- TODD VANDONK

A hearing will take place later this year to determine if there’s enough evidence to commit three City of Kawartha Lakes OPP officers to stand trial in connection with the shooting death of 18-month-old Jameson Shapiro.

According to court documents, 10 preliminar­y hearing dates were set for OPP Constables Nathan Vanderheyd­en, Kenneth Pengelly and Grayson Cappus in the Ontario Court of Justice in Lindsay on Friday.

The hearing is scheduled for five days in the Ontario Court of Justice in Oshawa from Dec. 11 to 15 and again in Oshawa from Jan. 8 to 12.

Each officer is charged with manslaught­er and criminal negligence in relation to the toddler’s death on Nov. 26, 2020.

The hearing is a mini-trial to determine if there’s enough evidence to commit the accused on the two charges.

In February 2021, the Special Investigat­ions Unit confirmed that it was OPP gunfire that killed both Shapiro and his 33year-old father William, who died of his injuries later in hospital, after a pursuit that began when his father used a firearm to abduct the child.

The pursuit started in the area of Fire Route 111 in Trent Lakes, northeast of Bobcaygeon, around 8:45 a.m., and ended on Pigeon Lake Road, between Lilac Road and Settlers Road, north of Omemee, when the father’s pickup truck slammed into a police roadblock.

An OPP officer, who had been outside a cruiser laying down a spike belt to halt the pickup truck, was seriously injured after the truck struck a cruiser at the roadblock.

There was an interactio­n with police after the collision and three OPP officers shot multiple times at the vehicle.

A handgun was found inside the pickup truck after the shooting, the SIU reported.

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