Incident Summary:

07/02/2020: A suicide attacker drove their vehicle through the gates of the residence of Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Once through the gates, the assailant got out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and was taken into custody by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) after negotiations. Corey Hurren, an active member of the Canadian armed forces, was arrested for the attack. Sources said he posted QAnon and other far-right conspiracy theories online. He stated that he was planning to die in the attack and he wanted his death to be a message of discontent with the COVID response. He also stated that conspiracy theories drove his desire to carry out the attack.




North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at the west gate of Rideau Hall.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Canada
Specific Description Residence of Prime Minister: Justin Trudeau
Nationality of Target Canada
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
An M14 assault rifle, a Lakefield Mossberg shotgun, a Dominion Arms Grizzly shotgun, a Hi-Standard revolver, an International Arms break-open pistol, and a blue Dodge Ram pickup truck were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Government extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Corey Hurren on Rideau Hall attack: 'I figured as soon as I got on the property, I would get shot down'," Postmedia Breaking News, March 3, 2021.
"Canada's leaders deserve greater protection," The Hamilton Spectator (Ontario, Canada), July 9, 2020.
"Armed man arrested near Justin Trudeau’s home after smashing truck through gates," South China Morning Post, July 2, 2020.