CLINTON, ONT. — The Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime Unit is investigating the shooting of a former construction industry executive which occurred near Clinton, Ontario.
"Investigation has determined that the victim and a female were riding horses in the area when an unknown male approached them and shot the victim," said the OPP in a press release."
The female sustained minor injuries but was able to get to a place of safety. The male victim has been identified as 70 year old Donato Frigo from Caledon East.
The incident occurred at about 5 p.m. on Sept. 13 in the vicinity of the Hullett Wildlife Conservation Area outside Clinton, which is a town of 3,200 about 200 kilometres west of Toronto.
Frigo, who was the vice-president at Etobicoke, Ont.-based Hady Construction Associates, was shot and killed while on horseback.
He was riding with a female companion, who has been identified in the media as his wife Eva. They were training dogs on horseback, indicate the OPP.
An unknown male approached the riders and shot Frigo. The woman was injured, but managed to escape.
Police have set up a 24-hour communications post in the firehall in Clinton, and have brought in a forensics team to investigate.
The investigation is taking place under direction of Detective Inspector Chris Avery of OPP Criminal Investigation Branch. The OPP restricted access to the area where the shooting took place.
A number of OPP resources have been brought in to assist with the investigation including the West Region Emergency Response Team and the West Region Forensic Identification Services.
A post mortem examination is expected to take place in the coming days.
Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact the Huron County OPP immediately at 1-888-310-1122, or their nearest police authority.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.