One man has been taken into custody after an incident at Rideau Hall early Thursday morning.
Police say an armed man entered the grounds of 1 Sussex Dr., the property which contains the residences of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette.
Around 6:30 AM the man crashed his vehicle into one of the property’s gates before entering the property on foot. His vehicle was disabled in the crash.
The RCMP’s National Division Emergency Response Team was called to the property as a precaution. A member of the RCMP entered into a dialogue with the man.
Shortly before 8:30 AM the man was arrested without incident. No injuries have been reported.
”Thanks to the swift and diligent actions of our employees, the incident that unfolded earlier this morning on the grounds of Rideau Hall was quickly and safely resolved,” said Assistant Commissioner Bernadine Chapman, Commanding Officer of RCMP National Division said in a statement.
“I wish to commend the incredible efforts of all RCMP members who responded to this incident and acknowledge the contributions of all our employees and our Ottawa Police Service partners that supported this response.”
By 9:00 AM police declared that the situation had been resolved.
RCMP confirmed that Payette was not on the property at the time, nor was Trudeau or anyone in his family.
The accused, Corey Hurren, faces 22 charges, most of which are firearms related.
RCMP say Hurren is a reservist with the Canadian Armed Forces in Manitoba. He is believed to have acted alone
Trudeau has been living at Rideau Cottage, which sits on the Rideau Hall grounds, since taking office as prime minister.