Police said the man crashed his truck through the iron gates of the sprawling Rideau Hall estate at 1 Sussex Drive at 6:30am on Thursday. The suspect was scheduled to appear for a bail hearing in Ottawa. The man was then spotted separately by RCMP security detail on the grounds. Police, who said he's facing multiple charges, believe he was acting alone.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for a news conference at Rideau Cottage, as efforts continue to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada June 22, 2020.
The RCMP have not provided a motive for Thursday's incident, but have said that neither Payette nor Trudeau were present at the time.
Duheme said when Mounties first saw the man they could have easily rushed up to him, but instead looked for a safe spot to speak with him. The RCMP said the intruder was "rapidly contained" by RCMP members on patrol.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also lives at the nearby Rideau Cottage located on the park grounds.
"Obviously this was something that nobody wants to hear, but I want to thank the extraordinary members of the police services and the RCMP who did their job and nobody was hurt, nobody was injured".
Duheme confirmed that the man was armed with "several weapons" and declined to provide specifics, though he later made repeated references to a rifle.
Duheme said National Capital Commission staff noticed the abandoned truck very quickly and alerted Commissionaires on site at Rideau Hall. He was on the grounds for 13 minutes before officers stopped him.
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That dialogue lasted until just before 8:30 a.m. and that's when he was apprehended.
The RCMP would not discuss the nature of the conversation, as the investigation is ongoing.
A black pickup truck with Manitoba licence plates was parked on the grounds of Rideau Hall Thursday morning.
The rear backseat door was open, revealing inside a stack of cardboard boxes and what appeared to be Canadian Forces rations, reported the Ottawa Citizen. An RCMP robot could be seen investigating the truck and its contents as part of the investigation.
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He introduced a long-promised ban on assault-style weapons in May this year, after a gun a rampage across the province of Nova Scotia that became the deadliest shooting in Canada's history.