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SIU called into investigate suspected murder-suicide in North Gower

NORTH GOWER, Ont. – The province’s Special Investigations Unit has been called in to investigate what police believe is a murder-suicide in North Gower.

Ottawa police were called to 3204 Pierce Road around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday night, and found Peter Thomasing, 39, and his father Jim, 70, dead inside the home. There are reports that Peter shot his father, called 911, and then turned the gun on himself.

The SIU is called in anytime a person is injured, or dies while in contact with police.

Joyce Thomasing, Jim’s ex-wife, said she is devastated and told the Sun she had just received a call from a friend in Ottawa about the shootings when the RCMP showed up at her door in Calgary to confirm the news.  She said she remembers Peter as a good son and her ex-husband as a wonderful guy.

Peter had returned home from Calgary a number of years ago to care for his father who had suffered a stroke.

Neighbours tell 1310News Jim was a retired teacher and Peter worked as an engineer, and that they were quiet people.

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