Canadian News Jul 2, 2020 7:24 PM EST

Man arrested at Trudeau residence was active Canadian Armed Forces member

The man arrested was an active Canadian Armed Forces member. No further information has been provided. This story is developing.

Man arrested at Trudeau residence was active Canadian Armed Forces member
Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal, QC
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An armed man was arrested by the RCMP after accessing the grounds of Rideau Hall on Thursday, where Prime Minister Trudeau and Gov. Gen Julie Payette reside.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, the man arrested was an active Canadian Armed Forces member. No further information has been revealed.

The RCMP confirmed that the man had accessed the grounds at roughly 6:40 am, though Trudeau and Payette were not present at the time.

Police closed down part of Sussex Drive close to Rideau Hall on Thursday morning to investigate the incident.

"We thank the RCMP and police for quickly resolving the situation this morning at Rideau Hall. All of our staff are safe," Governor General Julie Payette said in a tweet.

The RCMP released a statement Thursday evening that read: "At 6:30 this morning, a lone male breached the main pedestrian entrance of 1 Sussex Drive (Thomas Gate) with his vehicle which was disabled on impact. The armed suspect then proceeded on foot on the grounds of Rideau Hall to the greenhouse, an onsite structure with limited public access, where he was rapidly contained by RCMP members who were on patrol in the area."

''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. 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. I am extremely proud of the courage, professionalism and collaboration that occurred and undoubtedly ensured the successful resolution of this event," said Assistant Commissioner Bernadine Chapman.

The suspect's name has not been disclosed yet.

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