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Ottawa, Jul 2 (Canadian-Media): An arrest of an armed man was made by the police, after the armed man gained access to the grounds at Rideau Hall in Ottawa early morning of July 2, media reports said.
Police arrest. Image credit: Pixaby
Rideau Hall is the official residence of the Governor General of Canada, Julie Payette.
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his family also stays on the property at Rideau Cottage.
Police received a call to the area around 6:40 a.m. after the man accessed 1 Sussex Dr., Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a tweet.
Prime Minister's Office confirmed to CBC News that the prime minister and his family were not at Rideau Cottage Wednesday night or Thursday morning.
Governor General's office said in a statement to CBC, that she had been living on the grounds prior to the pandemic and that all staff were safe.
The damage to one of the gates leading to the property was visible.
Just inside the gates at Rideau Hall, a robot could be seen examining a black pickup truck, with probably Manitoba licence plates.
The truck's airbags also appeared to have been deployed.
Inside of the truck's cab seemed to be packed with boxes and other items.
Several items from the truck including an orange cooler and boxes were removed by the robot after it opened its door.
The arrest of the man was made by the police without incident and he is being interviewed.
The RCMP said in a series of tweets, the man was able to get access to the grounds of 1 Sussex Drive at 6:40 a.m. He was arrested shortly after “without any incident.”
“He is currently in custody and is being interviewed. We are not releasing his identity at this time as charges are pending,” reads the update.
The underside of the truck was being inspected with mirrors by some officers, while others had dogs and were inspecting both the inside of the truck and its contents.
The grounds at Rideau Hall and the house itself, are normally major tourist attractions in the nation's capital but have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.