Marc Hovingh an OPP officer who is a 28-year-old member of the Ontario State Police has died after being shot dead in an incident on Manitulin Island on Thursday afternoon.

The officer was on duty on an isolated island north of Gore Bay when he was shot, said Thomas Karike, the OPP commissioner.

 

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The North East OPP reported that there was a high concentration of police on the Hindman Trail andn Scotland Road, about three miles northeast.

Ornge Air said they were called to the scene but no one was taken to hospital.

The commissioner recognized the officer as Const. Mark Howing.

No other details were reported about the incident, but police are urging the public to avoid the area.

Gore Bay Mayor Dan Osborne said the incident took place outside Gordon Town, in a wooded area with hunting features.

“We are now in the middle of a deer hunt. “Everyone (in the area) has a gun,” Osborne told CP24.

While the residents of their community are scattered over a large area, the mayor said that everyone knows each other.

“It is a tragic event that took place in that area. “Our hearts go out to the family, to everyone involved,” Osborne said.

In a statement, Prime Minister Doug Ford said his government had asked that the Queen’s Park flags be lowered in half in honor.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mark Howing, a provincial military officer who was shot dead while on duty on the island of Manitoula,” Ford said.

“My thoughts are with all the brave men and women on the front lines who lay down their lives every day to keep our communities safe.”