Military member arrested after truck rammed gate near Trudeau residence

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A man who rammed his truck through a gate at Rideau Hall Thursday was loose on the grounds with a gun for 13 minutes before police laid eyes on him, the RCMP said Friday.

Hurren allegedly drove his truck through the pedestrian entrance at 1 Sussex Drive at around 6:30 a.m. ET Thursday morning before heading to the ground's greenhouse on foot with what appeared to be a firearm.

The man's identity hasn't been released because charges are pending. Payette wasn't there, nor were Trudeau and his family, who live a short distance away in Rideau Cottage, on the same 88-acre grounds.

CTV News has identified the suspect as 46-year-old Corey Hurren from Bowsman, Man., a small community 500 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, near the Saskatchewan border.

Now, there is increased security at Rideau Hall because of what happened.

In a statement, the Mounties said the CBRNE team was deployed to search the suspect vehicle.

Trudeau, his wife and three children live in a cottage on the sprawling property where the governor general resides because the prime minister's traditional residence is in disrepair.

Canadian Armed Forces member arrested after breaching Trudeau’s estate
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Speaking to reporters on Friday morning, RCMP Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme said National Capital Commission workers saw the vehicle breach the gates at Rideau Hall and notified the Commissionairers.

"The armed suspect was apprehended shortly before 8:30 a.m. without any incident and he was brought into police custody for questioning".

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

CBC News cited a source as saying the suspect had driven his truck from the central province of Manitoba, about 1,900 km (1,180 miles) west of Ottawa.

The RCMP said it is working closely with the Canadian Armed Forces to investigate the incident, which was resolved "quickly and safely".

Just moments before a black Dodge Ram with Manitoba licence plates bashed onto the Rideau Hall grounds, the Facebook account of Hurren's company had posted a conspiracy-theory meme. He is charged with one count of possessing weapons at an unauthorized place, and one count of uttering threats. The RCMP has yet to provide details about a motive.

At the brief court appearance, which happened by phone due to limited in-person court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurren sounded calm as he said his full name and date of birth.

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