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Armed man charged with crashing through gate of Trudeau residence

An armed member of the Canadian military who drove a truck through a gate on the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives has been charged with 22 crimes, Canadian police say.Key points:Mr Hurren was armed with several weapons, including a rifleHis truck broke down after he hit the gates and he was later arrestedMr…

Armed man charged with crashing through gate of Trudeau residence

An armed member of the Canadian military who drove a truck through a gate on the grounds where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives has been charged with 22 crimes, Canadian police say.

Key points:

  • Mr Hurren was armed with several weapons, including a rifle
  • His truck broke down after he hit the gates and he was later arrested
  • Mr Trudeau lives on the property as the prime minister’s traditional residence is in disrepair

Mr Trudeau was not at home when the incident occurred at the entrance to the Ottawa estate on Thursday morning.

Police named the suspect as Corey Hurren, a 46-year-old on-duty member of the Canadian military reserves and a businessman from Manitoba.

His truck broke down after he hit the gates at 6:30am.

The suspect was spotted with a rifle before being contained in a greenhouse on the sprawling property. Police began talking to him and he was arrested two hours later.

A police dog searches the back of a pickup truck parked among trees at Rideau Hall.

A police dog searches the suspect’s vehicle after it was rammed through the gates.(Reuters: Patrick Doyle)

“There is no risk to the public and from what we have, he was acting alone,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme told a news conference.

Mr Hurren — who was armed with several weapons, including a rifle — faces charges including possessing a restricted or prohibited gun, uttering threats, possessing a firearm for a dangerous purpose and four counts of careless use.

The man had a bail hearing on Friday and was remanded in custody until July 17.

Mr Trudeau lives on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the property where Canada’s Governor-General resides.

The post of governor-general, currently held by Julie Payette, is a mostly ceremonial position. Ms Payette also was not home at the time.

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Mr Trudeau lives in a cottage on the property with his wife and three children.(AP: Justin Tang)

Mr Trudeau, his wife and three children live in a cottage on the property because the Prime Minister’s traditional residence is in disrepair.

“I want to extend my sincere thanks to the RCMP and the Ottawa police service that did a remarkable job in ensuring that there were not injuries.”

There is little history of serious violence targeting officials in Canada.

Mr Trudeau, however, donned a bulletproof vest for an election campaign rally in October last year after officials detected a security threat.

ABC/wires

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