An Ontario Provincial Police officer died Thursday after being shot in the line of duty on Manitoulin Island in an incident that left a second officer injured.
Const. Marc Hovingh had been a member of the service for 28 years, OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique said in a tweet.
“Our hearts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this tragic time,” Carrique wrote.
Hovingh was shot and killed while conducting a wellness check on Thursday, a spokesman for the Ontario Provincial Police Association said.
Scott Mills said the officer worked out of the force’s Little Current detachment.
Premier Doug Ford noted that a second officer was also shot in the incident.
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the death of Provincial Constable Marc Hovingh who was shot and killed in the line of duty on Manitoulin Island and hope for the speedy recovery of the other officer shot in this senseless act of violence,” he said in a written statement.
Ford said he’s asked for the flags at Queen’s Park to be lowered.