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Ontario community grieving after shooting that killed officer, civilian

Last Updated Nov 20, 2020 at 6:04 am MST

Officers guard a scene on Manitoulin Island after OPP Const. Marc Hovingh was killed on Nov. 19, 2020. (Credit: Tom Sasvari/The Manitoulin Expositor)

The mayor of a town on Ontario’s Manitoulin Island says the community is reeling after a shooting that left a police officer and a civilian dead Thursday.

Dan Osborne, mayor of Gore Bay, says news of the incident quickly spread through the small island community yesterday.

He says it’s the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, and the loss is “devastating.”

Ontario’s police watchdog said yesterday it is investigating the shooting, which took place after the officer was called to a property in Gore Bay.

The Special Investigations Unit said the call was related to ¬†an “unwanted man” on the property.

It said the officer, identified as Const. Marc Hovingh, was shot dead after he arrived, while the man on the property died in hospital.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 20, 2020.

The Canadian Press