Canada: Armed Man Arrested Near PM’s Ottawa Home

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to a question from a reporter on the telephone during news conference in Ottawa, Thursday March 19, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

OTTAWA  An armed man has been arrested on the grounds of Rideau Hall, where Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau live.

The RCMP said an armed man got onto the grounds around 6:40 a.m. local time. The force said in a tweet that neither Payette nor Trudeau were present at the time.

“The man was arrested shortly after without any incident. He is currently in custody and is being interviewed,” the RCMP’s national division said in a tweet.

The man’s identity hasn’t been released because charges are pending.

The Mounties did not reveal further details, but The Canadian Press saw the gate to one side entrance was bent and a police robot examining a black pick-up truck further into the estate.

The government is still working on whether to renovate 24 Sussex Dr., where past prime ministers have lived.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 2, 2020.