Police arrest armed man outside Justin Trudeau’s cottage

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Man arrested on Rideau Hall grounds a member of Canadian military

The RCMP reports 46 year old Corey Hurren was arrested on Thursday after an armed man gained access to the grounds of the Govenor General's residence and the prime minister's temporary home.

The man has a bail hearing on Friday.

Mounties said a "lone male breached the main pedestrian entrance", at Rideau Hall around 6:30 a.m. Thursday. They confirmed the suspect was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces, but they did not identify him by name.

Whitney Lackenbauer, a Canada Research Chair and professor at Trent University and author of The Canadian Rangers, A Living History, was startled to learn a member of the Canadian Rangers was arrested.

The RCMP has said security has been increased at Rideau Hall.

Rideau Hall is the Governor General's official residence, and the greenhouse is attached to the residence at the back.

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RCMP spokesman Mike Duheme said the suspect was carrying several weapons, but did not elaborate.

According to RCMP Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme, the suspect is now believed to have been acting alone, and wasn't previously known to police. He said Ottawa wasn't doing enough, according to sources.

At 6:45 a.m. the officers began speaking to the man, Duheme said.

Duheme was asked about what he would say to people who have wondered if this situation would have turned out differently if the suspect had been a person of colour.

What those charges are has not been revealed, only that more details would be provided once the "RCMP is in a position to do so".

Officers could be seen inspecting the black pickup truck and items removed from the truck, including an orange cooler, on Thursday. The Mounties said in a statement that the truck was disabled on impact with the gate, which is known as Thomas Gate.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also lives at the nearby Rideau Cottage located on the park grounds.

The Forces will review Hurren's status once the RCMP's investigation and legal proceedings are finished, the statement says, and his actions may be subject to military discipline as well.

"Prior to the pandemic, the Governor General was living on the grounds of Rideau Hall".

Hurren faces 22 charges, including one for uttering threats.

He also won't be named by the police service until charges have been laid in court. The RCMP has yet to provide details about a motive.

CTV News visited Hurren's hometown of Bowsman Friday.

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