Slain OPP officer to have procession from Toronto to Manitoulin Island

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TORONTO — An escort home is planned today for an Ontario Provincial Police officer killed in the line of duty last week.

The provincial police union says two OPP cruisers will accompany the hearse carrying Constable Marc Hovingh.

The procession will leave a Toronto funeral home at noon and drive more than five hours to Little Current on Ontario's Manitoulin Island.

According to the Special Investigations Unit, Hovingh and Gary Brohman were both killed Thursday after exchanging gunfire.

Hovingh was one of the officers who responded to a call regarding an "unwanted man'' on a property in Gore Bay, Ont.

Ontario's police watchdog says both Hovingh and Brohman died in hospital.

The procession is scheduled to head north on Highway 400 to Highway 69, then follow highways 17 and 6 into Little Current. The association representing OPP officers encourages its members, other policing agencies, and the public to pay their respects along the route as the procession passes.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 23, 2020.

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