Ottawa police evacuate hotel; cite ‘possible threat’

Update: Male suspect has surrendered

OTTAWA — Ottawa police continued to investigate what they called a “possible threat” early Wednesday that prompted the evacuation of a hotel in the city’s east end.

Police said a threat was made by a “suspicious male” who had possibly checked into the Chimo Hotel (near Highway 417 and St. Laurent St.).
Const. Chuck Benoit said the investigation began at about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday and that a perimeter was established around the hotel and the guests evacuated.

“The information that we received that it was a threat, a suspicious male that was at the hotel. We have specialty units, tactical and hazmat that are on scene.”
Benoit said police were still searching for a lone male but could not comment on the nature of the possible threat.

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