A clearer picture emerged Friday morning of what happened during the two hours between Canadian Armed Forces member Corey Hurren ramming through the gates of Rideau Hall, armed with "several weapons", and his arrest without incident Thursday on the grounds of the official residences housing Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau was not at home when the incident occurred on Thursday morning.
Police said the intruder was apprehended shortly before 8:30 a.m. without incident and taken into custody for questioning. The impact with the gate disabled the truck and triggered the vehicle's airbags.
RCMP Deputy Commissioner Mike Duheme said a bail hearing has been scheduled for this morning, and the accused will face multiple charges, although it's not clear yet what those charges are. The vehicle is immobilized about 400 feet from the gate on the walking path.
"As a precaution, the (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives response) team was also deployed to search and secure the suspect's vehicle", RCMP said. As well, he added that there were construction workers on the grounds at the time, and "lots of trees", which made it hard to spot the suspect at times.
Duheme said police have some idea of the motive for the events but will not speak about it publicly yet because of the ongoing investigation.
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Duheme added there is now increased security at Rideau Hall.
A spokesman for Trudeau confirmed that the 48-year-old prime minister was not at home at the time.
"Obviously this was something that nobody wants to hear, but I want to thank the extraordinary members of the police services and the RCMP who did their job and nobody was hurt, nobody was injured". He deferred all other questions back to the RCMP.
Trudeau, his wife and three kids are staying at Rideau Cottage on that estate because work is being done on his official residence.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the grounds of Rideau Hall are closed to the public, and public tours are cancelled.