Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Canadian PM Trudeau lives

Elias Hubbard
July 3, 2020

CBC News cited a source as saying the suspect had driven his truck from the central province of Manitoba, about 1,900 km (1,180 miles) west of Ottawa.

The suspect used his vehicle to breach the main entrance of Rideau Hall in Ottawa early on Thursday morning.

Hurren is described in promotional material for his business as a veteran who recently rejoined the military as a Canadian Ranger.

"At approximately 6:40 this morning, an armed man was able to access the grounds of 1 Sussex Drive", the RCMP tweeted Thursday.

"Rapid intervention by law enforcement led to the safe apprehension and arrest of the suspect by members of the RCMP".

The RCMP said the man was arrested "without incident".

Police said initially that there was an "ongoing incident" at Rideau Hall and that Ottawa police were assisting them. I am extremely proud of the courage, professionalism and collaboration that occurred and undoubtedly ensured the successful resolution of this event'.

The RCMP and the Canadian defense ministry said the two sides were collaborating on the investigation.

The Office of the Secretary to the Governor General issued a statement Thursday to thank the RCMP and police for resolving the situation quickly.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are leading an operation now unfolding at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Governor General Julie Payette. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family are staying on the same grounds at Rideau Cottage but were also absent at the time of the incident.

A robot could be seen examining a black pickup truck just inside the gates at Rideau Hall earlier today. "As a precaution, the (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives response) team was also deployed to search and secure the suspect's vehicle".

Officers were seen inspecting the truck and items removed from it, including an orange cooler.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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