The prefect said he did not know Hurren personally, apart from their friendly but brief interactions at the Co-op grocery store in the nearby community of Swan River, Man.
“We are all a little shocked that something happened in Ottawa,” he said.
Hurren, who the CBC News confirmed was the man in detention, was armed when his vehicle entered the main pedestrian entrance to Rideau Hall on Thursday at around 6:30 a.m.ET.
By car from Manitoba
The suspect then fled to the greenhouse at Rideau Hall. Police on foot caught and arrested him, said the RCMP.
Although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Governor General Julie Payette resided on the ground, neither of them was present at the time.
Sources say Hurren had driven from Manitoba and had a long gun and a ticket in his possession. His vehicle was registered in Manitoba.
He lived in Bowsman, 386 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg. The community, which has fewer than 300 residents, is one of the most northerly farming communities in the province.
Hurren also operated Grindhouse Fine Foods, which he launched in 2014, according to a LinkedIn account registered with Hurren.
In promotional material for his meat production business, Hurren is described as a Royal Canadian Artillery veteran who recently joined the military as a Canadian Ranger.
The people who answered two phone numbers associated with Hurren’s family members refused to speak to the media on Thursday evening. But recent publications on social networks, associated with Grindhouse Fine Foods and Corey Hurren, provide details on his background and activities.
The messages also indicate concern about the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, but do not provide a glimpse of the reasons why he visited Ottawa.
About an hour before Hurren entered the grounds of Rideau Hall, a Facebook page associated with his company Grindhouse Fine Foods published the meme of a large outdoor party that would take place after the lockout.
The message also asks people to research “Event 201,” a conspiracy theory that suggests Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is behind COVID-19.
Otherwise, Hurren’s Facebook posts seem to make fun of the pandemic’s fears and fears. The page also shows a penchant for the military.
In the same Facebook article in the Grindhouse account, Hurren acknowledges that his meat business is on hiatus during the pandemic.
“I don’t know what will be left of our economy, our industries and our businesses when it all ends,” he wrote.
“I would like to continue with my meat products when my army volunteer contract ends, when that happens. ”
Hurren is an active member of the Bowsman Lions Club, a member of the volunteer club told CBC News.
Served with Royal Canadian Artillery
He is known for his jalapeno garlic sausage brand “Ring of Fire” which, according to his Facebook page, is a must for “spicy and spicy fans”.
The Swan Valley Star and Times reported in 2018 that Hurren’s “garlic sausage ring with a huge kick” was hard to find at the Co-op grocery store where he is the meat expert internally.
A LinkedIn page by the name of Hurren indicates that he grew up on a farm in the Swan River Valley and worked in different sectors of the meat and livestock industry for more than 20 years before launching Grindhouse Fine Foods.
The page indicates that he studied computer and information science studies at Brandon University and Red River College in Manitoba.
A Bowsman Lions Club Facebook post said that Hurren served with the Royal Canadian Artillery in the late 1990s in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.