Charges Facing Accused Rideau Hall Intruder

Charges Facing Accused Rideau Hall Intruder

The Mounties say charges are pending.

"It's obviously not something anyone wants to hear", said Trudeau Friday. Police have not released his identity and said charges are pending.

CBC News has confirmed the man in custody is Corey Hurren, an active member of the military who serves as a Canadian Ranger.

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 grounds of Rideau Hall, which sits on an 88-acre (0.35 sq km) wooded estate, have been closed to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.

RCMP said he had several weapons in his possession and was seen walking the grounds with 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.

According to RCMP Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme, the suspect is now believed to have been acting alone, and wasn't previously known to police.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp cited a source as saying the man had driven his truck from the central province of Manitoba, some 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Ottawa.

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

A black pickup truck with Manitoba licence plates was parked on the grounds of Rideau Hall Thursday morning. The RCMP said an army unit with a bomb-disposal robot searched the vehicle as a precaution.

He said the truck burst through at 6:30 a.m. Security footage showed him hiding in a rose garden, but it wasn't until 6:43 a.m. that Mounties saw him in the greenhouse, which is connected to Payette's residence.

The post of governor-general, now held by Julie Payette, is a mostly ceremonial position.

Trudeau and his family have lived in a large house on the grounds of Rideau Hall since 2015, while the prime minister's traditional residence undergoes major renovations, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

In a statement to CTV News on Thursday, a Canadian Armed Forces spokesperson said, "The Canadian Armed Forces is collaborating closely with the RCMP". On Friday, the suspected gunman was charged with multiple firearms-related offences and uttering threats.

None of the charges have been proven in court.

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