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Two killed in Manitoulin Island shooting incident [OPP officer and civilian]


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SUDBURY -- Ontario's Special Investigations Unit has confirmed that two people were killed in the shooting incident near Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island Thursday, a veteran OPP officer and a civilian.

OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique confirmed that Const. Marc Hovingh, a 28-year veteran member, was killed on Thursday afternoon.

The Special Investigations Unit said someone reported the presence of an unwanted man on a Gore Bay property to OPP around 12:30 p.m.

"Soon after arriving, officers encountered a man and an interaction ensued. As a result of that interaction, one officer sustained a fatal gunshot wound," said the SIU. "The man, who also was shot, was transported to hospital where he succumbed to his injuries."

"It did take place up on the East Bluffs, which is up in Gordon township, just outside the town of Gore Bay. I do know that there was two officers involved and one suspect," said Gore Bay Mayor Dan Osborne. "That’s all I know at this point."

An Espanola resident told CTV News shortly before noon he saw "a swarm of OPP officers heading toward the island."

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Terrible news. Sincere condolences .
Sad news.  One news report says the call was to remove a squatter from a hunt camp and the wounded member was shot trying to pull his colleague to safety.

It's been over 10 years since the last KOD.


Ouch - condolences to family, colleagues & friends ...

A bit from the attached OPP statement:
Shortly after 11:00 a.m. on November 19, 2020, two members from the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a follow-up investigation related to a property dispute. There was an interaction between a person at the scene and an officer resulting in one officer being fatally shot. The person at the scene has also died as a result of the interaction. This person is not being identified at this time until their identity can be confirmed and next of kin notifications are complete.

The OPP is reporting that 52-year-old Provincial Constable (PC) Marc HOVINGH, posted at the Manitoulin Detachment, died as a result of his injuries. No other police officers were injured in this incident.

Commissioner Carrique announced that, "PC Marc HOVINGH, a 28-year veteran of the OPP has succumbed to his injuries while bravely serving in the line of duty. Our hearts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this tragic time".

Further information regarding funeral arrangements for Provincial Constable Marc HOVINGH will be forthcoming at a later time.

An investigation is being conducted by the Province's Special Investigation Unit. Any further information regarding this investigation must be directed to the Special Investigation Unit who has invoked their mandate. Contact Monica Hudon at monica.hudon@ontario.ca   


He looks like a good man. 28 years on the Force. Wouldn't that break your heart.
A funeral escort from Toronto to Manitoulin is currently underway for Cst. Hovingh.  The OPP has posted some videos on Twitter @OPP News.  Many emergency services and general public on several overpasses, like a one-off Highway of Heroes.  Pretty touching.