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RCMP say armed man arrested on grounds of Rideau Hall

A police barricade is set up near Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday

The man made it about 120 metres along a footpath in the truck before it became disabled and he abandoned it there, Duheme said.

The suspect proceeded on foot to the greenhouse on the grounds of Rideau Hall, with RCMP making visual contact with the suspect, and beginning a dialogue. The post of governor general, now held by Julie Payette, is a mostly ceremonial position.

The man then ran up a path, carrying what looked like a rifle, to Rideau Hall's rose garden. The RCMP said the intruder was "rapidly contained" by RCMP members on patrol.

"We hope they can gradually resume these the economy starts to recover", he said.

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

National Capital Commission workers noticed the vehicle breach and notified the onsite security commissionaires, who approached the area and saw the male walking with "what appeared to be a firearm".

Police said the man was arrested without any incident and is now being interviewed.

"Our members relied on their training and instinct to continue speaking with the subject until just before 8:30 [a.m.] at which point he was apprehended without incident and taken into custody for questioning", he said.

"I want to make it very clear that there are many elements that I am not in a position to speak to, as the RCMP's investigation is ongoing", said Duheme.

The police presence included at least one armoured vehicle as well as support from the Ottawa Police Service in preventing vehicular and pedestrian traffic to the area.

"I can not emphasize enough how effective our members were in being vigilant, reacting quickly and using successful de-escalation technique to resolve this highly volatile incident swiftly and without injury to anyone", said Duheme. He said they took swift action once the incident was reported.

The Mounties provided an update on the investigation Friday morning.

A police officer guards the front gate to Rideau Hall.

"Given the number of staff required to support Her Excellency when she is on the grounds of Rideau Hall, during the pandemic she has chosen to prioritize the health and safety of the employees of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General by only being there when Constitutional duties require, such as Royal Assent", the statement said.