News Release

SIU Continues Investigation into Fatal Shooting on Manitoulin Island

Case Number: 20-PFD-314

Mississauga, ON (20 November, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances yesterday on Manitoulin Island that led to the deaths of an Ontario Provincial Police officer and a 60-year-old man.

The preliminary information indicates the following:
  • On November 19, 2020, two OPP officers attended a property on Hindman Trail in Gore Bay after the property owner reported the presence of an unwanted man.
  • Soon after arriving, officers located the man - who was inside a trailer - and there was an interaction.
  • At approximately 11 a.m., there was an exchange of gunfire between Constable Marc Hovingh and the man, resulting in both individuals being struck.
  • They were transported to hospital where both men succumbed to their injuries.

Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. Post-mortems are scheduled for tomorrow morning in Toronto. The other officer on scene did not sustain any injuries. 

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342