Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

Armed man is arrested after being found on Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s property in Ottawa

  • Man reportedly traveling from Manitoba, Canada, was arrested after allegedly crashing through gate of PM Trudeau’s residence early Thursday 
  • Suspect was driving a Dodge Ram and was allegedly armed with a long gun 
  • Police brought a robot and a dog to examine the vehicle on grounds of Rideau Hall estate 
  • Trudeau, his wife and three children were not home at the time 
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police said charges against the intruder are pending  

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Canadian police this morning arrested an armed man who entered the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the country’s Governor General live in Ottawa.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police tweeted that Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette were not present at the time of the incident at the sprawling Rideau Hall estate at 1 Sussex Drive early Thursday.

Police said the man was arrested at around 6.40am local time without any incident and is now being interviewed. Police have not released his identity and said charges are pending.

A Dodge Ram is parked at Rideau Hall, the estate where Canada PM Justin Trudeau lives, after police say an armed man entered the grounds early Thursday 

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

A robot removes a leather jacket from the suspect’s pickup truck at Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

A police dog was brought in to inspect the vehicle, which was found to contain what looked like Canadian Forces rations

An anonymous source told CBC News the suspect had driven from Manitoba and had a long gun and a note with him.

Photos taken at the scene showed a visibly damaged wrought-iron entrance gate  and a police robot examining a black Dodge Ram pickup truck parked on the estate grounds. 

The vehicle’s airbag appeared to have deployed, purportedly after the Dodge had crashed through the gate. 

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

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

A police officer guards the front gate to Rideau Hall.

Trudeau and his family were not at home at the time of the incident 

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

The entrance gate looks bent and there is debris scattered on the ground following the incident Thursday morning 

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

A police officer yells to stop a vehicle from passing the damaged iron entrance gate

The robot was seen removing a black leather jacket adorned with patches and insignia from the pickup truck. 

A police dog was also brought it to search the intruder’s vehicle for any dangerous materials.  

Payette, who is the representative of Queen Elizabeth II as Canada’s head of state, holds a mostly ceremonial position.

Trudeau, 48, his wife, Sophie,  and three children live in a cottage on the sprawling property where the governor general resides because the prime minister’s traditional residence at 24 Sussex Drive is in disrepair. 

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

Trudeau lives in a cottage on the property where the governor general resides because the prime minister’s traditional residence is in disrepair (pictured at home on Monday)

Police arrest armed man on the grounds where Trudeau lives

Trudeau was last seen on Wednesday harvesting broccoli at the Ottawa Food Bank Farm in Ottawa to mark Canada Day (pictured) 

Trudeau was last seen on Wednesday harvesting broccoli at the Ottawa Food Bank Farm in Ottawa to mark Canada Day. 

‘We thank the RCMP and police for quickly resolving the situation this morning at Rideau Hall.

All of our staff are safe,’ Payette tweeted.

Trudeau has not commented on the incident as of late Thursday afternoon.