(GORE BAY, ON) – 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.