Armed military man arrested after smashing through Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s property
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A member of the armed forces has been arrested after driving a truck through the gates of the Canadian Prime Minister’s property armed with a weapon.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reported that the man smashed through two fences at Rideau Hall, Ottawa, at 6.30am Eastern Time (10.30am GMT) on Thurday.
The suspect then left his car and made his way towards the residence, but was “rapidly contained” by officers, police said.
Justin Trudeau lives on the sprawling 88-acre site with his wife and three children but was not at home at the time of the incident.
Canadian police stand guard outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa (AFP via Getty Images)
RCMP said the man’s truck broke down after he smashed it through two gates.
In a statement, a police spokesman said: “The armed suspect then proceeded on foot on the grounds of Rideau Hall … where he was rapidly contained by RCMP members who were on patrol.
Justin Trudeau with lady Sophie Trudeau and son Hadrien in 2017. The couple have two other children (Getty Images)
“(He) was apprehended shortly before 8.30 am without any incident and he was brought into police custody for questioning.”
Police confirmed charges against the suspect were pending.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corp cited a source as saying the suspect had driven his truck from the central province of Manitoba, some 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Ottawa.
A police officer attaches caution tape near the grounds of the Ottawa estate that is home to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (AFP via Getty Images)
Unlike the US, where four presidents have been assassinated since 1865, there is little history of serious violence targeting officials in Canada.
The one exception was in 1970, when a radical group seeking independence for Quebec kidnapped the Canadian province’s deputy premier and later killed him.
Trudeau donned a bulletproof vest for an election campaign rally in October last year after officials detected a security threat.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police