Sunday, March 7, 2021

OPP officer dies after fatal shooting on Manitoulin Island

An OPP officer on Manitoulin Island has succumbed to his injuries after a fatal shooting near Gore Bay.

North East Region OPP officials allege shortly after 11 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.

OPP officials say 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, OPP officials say.

This person is not being identified at this time until their identity can be confirmed and next of kin notifications are complete, OPP officials added.

The OPP is reporting that 52-year-old Provincial Constable Marc Hovingh, posted at the Manitoulin Detachment, died as a result of his injuries.

No other police officers were injured in this incident.

“PC Marc Hovingh, a 28-year veteran of the OPP has succumbed to his injuries while bravely serving in the line of duty,” Commissioner Carrique stated in a media release.

“Our hearts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this tragic time.”

The Chatham-Kent Police Service and Chatham-Kent EMS offered their condolences in social media posts.

“Sending thoughts and prayers to Const Hovingh’s family and friends… and to the entire OPP organization,” Chatham-Kent Police Service officials said.

“We are sending thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and colleagues of fallen #OPP officer Marc Hovingh,” Chatham-Kent EMS officials added.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford also issued a statement on the shooting:

OPP officials say 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, OPP officials added.

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