Man who killed Ontario officer had arsenal of guns and bombs, SIU probe finds

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Ontario’s police watchdog says the man involved in a fatal shootout with an officer last year had an arsenal of guns and homemade bombs.

The Special Investigations Unit says it has no grounds to lay any charges in the incident where an Ontario Provincial Police Officer and a 60-year-old man both died after exchanging gunfire in a trailer in the bush on Manitoulin Island.

The SIU says Const. Marc Hovingh had been called to the woods in Gore Bay, Ont., on Nov. 19, 2020 following a complaint of a man squatting on another person’s property.

The report released Friday says Gary Brohman had bulldozed a path and had began living on the property in his trailer, claiming a legal right to the land.

The SIU says Hovingh had discovered a marijuana grow-op and was shot by Brohman during an exchange of gunfire.

The SIU says dozens of improvised explosives were found on the property, and numerous guns were found inside Brohman’s trailer.