November 19, 2020
Ontario Provincial Police
On Thursday November 19, 2020 Ontario Provincial Police Constable Marc Hovingh was shot and killed while conducting an investigation in Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island.
At approximately 12:30 P.M. Cst Marc Hovingh and a second officer were sent to investigate the presence of an “unwanted man” at a Gore Bay property on the north-east coast of Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. Upon arrival, the officers interacted with a male on the property. Shots were fired, with Cst. Hovingh sustaining a fatal gunshot wound. The suspect was also shot and was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The second officer was not injured.
Cst. Marc Hovingh was a 28-year veteran of the OPP, a model police officer and Christian. He was posted to the OPP Detachment on Manitoulin Island where he was well-known and liked by the community. Cst. Hovingh was married with four children.
Our condolences go out to Constable Marc Hovingh’s family, friends and colleagues. He will be remembered.