News Release

Update: SIU Releases Identity of Man Involved in Manitoulin Island Fatal Shooting

Case Number: 20-PFD-314

Mississauga, ON (21 November, 2020) ---
In accordance with the Special Investigations Unit’s name release policy which requires consent from next of kin, the Unit is now able to identify 60-year-old Gary Brohman of Gore Bay as one of the individuals who was fatally shot during an interaction on November 19, 2020. The other individual who was fatally wounded was Constable Marc Hovingh of the Ontario Provincial Police.

As of today:
  • Post-mortems are underway in Toronto. 
  • SIU investigators remain in the area and continue to process the scene.
  • At this time, three civilian witnesses have been interviewed.

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