Armed man arrested near Canada PM's home

Canadian police have arrested an armed man near the residence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canadian police have arrested an armed man near the residence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

An armed member of the Canadian military has driven a truck through gates protecting an exclusive part of Ottawa where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives but was quickly arrested, police say.

Trudeau was not home at the time. He and his family are based in a large house on the grounds of Rideau Hall, the residence of Governor-General Julie Payette. Rideau Hall sits on a 35-hectare wooded estate.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said the man's truck broke down after he smashed it through two gates about 6.30am on Thursday morning.

"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," it said in a statement.

"(He) was apprehended shortly before 8.30am without any incident and he was brought into police custody for questioning," it said, saying charges were pending.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp cited a source as saying the man had driven his truck from the central province of Manitoba, about 2000km east of Ottawa.

Trudeau, 48, who is married with three children, also has access to a summer house about northwest of Ottawa. Payette was not at Rideau Hall when the incident occurred, police said.

Australian Associated Press