Man arrested near Rideau Hall had several weapons, threatened PM Trudeau: RCMP
OTTAWA -- The man charged with ramming a truck through a gate at Rideau Hall last week was armed with two shotguns, a rifle and a revolver, and threatened Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, police say.
Newly released court documents add detail to the charges Canadian Forces member Corey Hurren is facing after the incident July 2.
Information sworn by an RCMP officer alleges Hurren had with him a prohibited M-14 rifle, plus the shotguns and a revolver made by Hi-Standard.
The document says he had a licence for the rifle, which typically means he or a close family member already owned it when the weapon became prohibited, but not for the revolver. The Manitoba resident is also accused of having a prohibited high-capacity magazine without a licence for it.
Aside from 21 charges related to the weapons, Hurren is accused of threatening to cause death or bodily harm to the prime minister.
Hurren is a reservist in the Canadian Rangers, the military says, who was on full-time duty through the summer under a program meant to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RCMP say Hurren rammed through a gate at Rideau Hall in Ottawa early last Thursday.
They say the truck he was driving broke down not far into the Governor General's official estate, where Trudeau and his family have also been living while 24 Sussex Drive awaits renovations.
Hurren allegedly got out and headed in the direction of Trudeau's residence. Police intercepted him and were ultimately able to arrest him without anybody being hurt.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 6, 2020.