Police release civilian shot in Gore Bay on November 19
Gary Brohman, 60, resident of Gore Bay
The Special Investigations Unit released the name of the 60-year-old man involved in a Manitoulin Island brawl that left an OPP officer and the suspect dead.
Preliminary information released by SIU indicates that two OPP officers visited a property on Manitoulin Island's Hindman Trail on November 19 after the property owner identified an unwanted man.
Soon after arrival, officers found the man—who was within a trailer—and there was an interaction." About 11 a.m. there was a gunfire exchange between Const. Marc Hovingh and the kid, shooting both guys. They were taken to hospital where both suffered injuries.
Three prosecutors and two investigators were assigned to the investigation, SIU said. Post-mortems are in Toronto tomorrow morning. The other on-scene cop suffered no injuries.
SIU had withheld the 60-year-old man's name pending his next kin's approval. Gore Bay's Gary Brohman, 60, was named today (Nov. 21).
Post-mortem exams are ongoing in Toronto, SIU also announced. Investigators remain in Gore Bay to begin processing the shooting scene. So far, three civilian witnesses have been interviewed by SIU.
Anyone with information related to this investigation should call the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit also encourages anyone with video evidence relevant to this incident to upload the video via the SIU website.
OPP requested the Greater Sudbury Police Force to help investigate the incident by the provincial police service.
Meanwhile, several island communities and Greater Sudbury City have lowered their flags to half-staff out of respect for the fallen officer. Sudbury.com was unsuccessful in seizing Mayor Dan Osborne from Gore Bay, but he told the Canadian Press that the defeat was "devastating." Assiginack's Township shows support for the Hovingh family. “
"We know that the community mourns Marc Hovingh's loss and wants to show their support to the Hovingh family," said a Facebook post. Every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a blue box is set outside the Assiginack arena on a table in the parking lot for everyone who wants to drop a card or condolence note.
Hovingh's death echoed across the province, with many police forces paying tribute and lowering their own flags to half workers.
Premier Doug Ford said in a tweet that he was profoundly saddened by death and that the flags at Queen's Park were lowered out of respect for Hovingh and his family. "My thoughts are with all the brave men and women on the frontlines who put their lives on the line every day to keep our community safe," Ford said in his tweet.
Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha said on social media that Manitoulin Island's tight-knit community is saddened by the devastating loss. "On Manitoulin Island, OPP officers are our friends and neighbors," Mantha said in a Facebook post. "On duty and off, they play an active role in Manitoulin's life.
Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger shared his grief at the fatal shooting on Twitter: "I am truly saddened by the tragic events that took place yesterday in Gore Bay and on behalf of Council and @GreaterSudbury I extend our deepest condolences to the family of PC Hovingh." Flags were lowered at Tom Davies Square to commemorate the officer who was killed in service.