OPP officer killed in line of duty on Manitoulin Island

An officer with the Ontario Provincial Police was killed in the line of duty on Thursday on Manitoulin Island. 

A civilian is also dead, according to Ontario’s police watchdog.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) says OPP officers were sent to investigate an unwanted man on a property in Gore Bay, a community on the north-east coast of the island. 

When they arrived, an officer was shot and killed, the SIU said. OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said on social media the officer was Const. Marc Hovingh, a 28-year veteran of the force.

Police say that the man on the property was also shot, and died after being taken to hospital. 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford said in a statement he was “deeply saddened” by the news.

The news was also shared by Government House Leader Paul Calandra in the legislature Thursday afternoon. The Ontario government lowered flags to half mast.

Hovingh’s death comes not long after provincial police reported a heavy police presence near Gore Bay in the area of Scotland Road, Hindman Trail and 10th Road on Manitoulin Island. 

Gore Bay is a town of less than 900 people on the north-eastern coast of Manitoulin Island and one of only two incorporated municipalities. The island sits in Lake Huron and is the largest freshwater island in the world. 

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