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Boy dead, officer injured in Kawartha Lakes, Ont.; police watchdog investigating

Ontario's police watchdog says a young boy is dead and a provincial police officer is injured after an incident in Kawartha Lakes.

Ontario's police watchdog says a young boy is dead and a provincial police officer is injured after an incident in Kawartha Lakes. 

The Special Investigations Unit says it happened "as a result of an interaction between a man and police" on a stretch of road east of Lindsay. 

The arm's-length agency says the man involved in the interaction was shot, and there's no word on his condition. 

Provincial police Commissioner Thomas Carrique says an officer suffered critical injuries in the incident, but is now in stable condition. 

He says a suspect is in custody, and there's no further threat to public safety. 

Police closed a stretch of Pigeon Lake Road for their investigation just before 11 a.m. on Thursday. A couple hours later, they shut down more of the road. 

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham says he's not able to comment on an ongoing investigation, but that the incident has shaken his central Ontario community. 

"The community is in disbelief that this is happening," he wrote in an email. 

He added that they're also appreciative of what provincial police officers do to keep Kawartha Lakes safe. 

The SIU says it expects to release more information soon. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.

The Canadian Press