Police discover explosives at the site of a Gore Bay shooting
The Greater Sudbury Police Service Explosive Disposal Unit has removed improvised explosive devices from the scene of a Gore Bay shooting that claimed the lives of an OPP officer and a civilian on Nov. 19.
“The (Explosive Disposal Unit) is assisting in ensuring the scene is safe as there were IEDs located at the scene,” said Kaitlyn Dunn, the corporate communications officer for Greater Sudbury Police.
“Members of our (unit) are taking the necessary precautions to ensure officer safety and community safety.”
Police were called to a property on Hindman Trail in Gore Bay on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 19, to investigate a complaint about the presence of an unwanted man.
Soon after arriving, police located the man in a trailer. After a short interaction, there was an exchange of gunfire.
OPP Const. Marc Hovingh and a 60-year-old man later identified as Gary Brohman were both struck.
Both men were transported to the hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries.
Ontario’s police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, invoked its mandate and is investigating the incident. Greater Sudbury Police is also assisting with the investigation.
The SIU is now actively investigating two separate incidents that occurred on Manitoulin Island following the death of a 43-year-old man by a gunshot wound in Little Current on Nov. 27.
By Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, THE SUDBURY STAR