An armed man drove a pickup truck with Manitoba plates into the gates at 1 Sussex Dr., the residence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette, at around 6:30 a.m. Thursday.
National Capital Commission staff, who saw the incident, notified the on-site Commissionaires who observed Hurren proceeding on foot to a greenhouse carrying what appeared to be a firearm.
Fortunately, the individual was arrested shortly after without incident and according to the police, neither the prime minister nor the Governor General was present at the time.
Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme will make a statement and take questions during a briefing at RCMP national division headquarters in Ottawa at 9:45 a.m. ET. Police say Hurren was apprehended without incident about an hour and an half after he entered the grounds.
CBC News has confirmed the man in custody is Corey Hurren, an active member of the military who serves as a Canadian Ranger.
"I can not emphasize enough how effective our members were in being vigilant, reacting quickly and using successful de-escalation technique to resolve this highly volatile incident swiftly and without injury to anyone", said Duheme.
Armed Canadian man arrested after driving truck through gates near PM Trudeau's Ottawa residence
Hurren faces 22 charges, including one for uttering threats. The RCMP said the intruder was "rapidly contained" by RCMP members on patrol. The conversation went well, he said, meaning there was no need to do something more dramatic. "But I mean, I don't know how people think".
He also won't be named by the police service until charges have been laid in court. The RCMP security detail on the grounds spotted the suspect around 6:40 and a site-wide lockdown was ordered but police did not confirm they had visual contact with the suspect until 6:43 a.m.
A police dog was also brought it to search the intruder's vehicle for any risky materials.
According to RCMP Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme, the suspect is now believed to have been acting alone, and wasn't previously known to police. Images from the scene show garbage bags, large boxes and an orange cooler under analysis.
As a precaution, the chemical, biological, radioactive, nuclear and explosive team was deployed to search the man's vehicle and secure it.
Trudeau responded to the events on Friday morning during a COVID-19 press briefing, offering his gratitude to police.
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