Provincial Police Watch is investigating a shooting incident on Manitoline Island Thursday afternoon that killed a man and an Ontario Provincial Police Officer
In a video posted on Twitter, SIU spokesperson Monica Haddon said that an individual called the OPP around 12:30 p.m.M of an unwanted person on a property in Gore Bay
The Special Investigations Unit investigation is investigating a fatal shooting on Manitoline Island that killed an officer and a civilian from the Internal Security Police, Monica Haddon spokeswoman: pic.twitter.com / SKjwea26oz
OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique identified the officer as Const Mark Hofinge, who had served in the service for 28 years
Dan Osborne, Mayor of Gore Bay, said the shooting took place in a wooded area with hunting property.
“We’re in the middle of our deer hunt now,” Osborne said in an interview with CP24, “Everyone (in that area) has a weapon.”
While the residents are spread out in their community over a large area, the mayor said everyone knows each other.
He added, “It was a tragic event that occurred in the region,” Osborne said, “Our hearts are with the family and everyone involved.”
In a statement, Prime Minister Doug Ford said his government had requested that the flags in Queens Park be reduced to half-mast out of respect
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Regional Police Officer Mark Hovinge, who was shot dead while on duty on Manitoline Island,” Ford said.
“My thoughts are with all the brave men and women on the front lines who put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe”
With great sadness I advise that PC Marc Hovingh, a veteran of 28 years at #OPP, succumbed to his injuries inflicted while serving him courageously in the doctrine of our hearts with his family, friends and colleagues at this tragic time #HeroesInLife pic.twitter com / 9cVsYhUqcv
World News – CA – The Special Investigations Unit is investigating a shooting at Manitoline Island that killed a man and a counterterrorism police officer