No details yet on Garrison Petawawa lockdown
GARRISON PETAWAWA – The garrison remains tight-lipped about the circumstances surrounding a lockdown Friday.
Witnesses reported seeing military police setting up roadblocks at several arteries into the military side of the garrison. The gates at Montgomery Road intersecting with Paquette Road and the McCurdy Gate on Peacekeeper Way were closed to all traffic.
The incident that prompted the lock down, which apparently started in the area of the garrison clinic according to one witness, began at around 9:24 a.m. Access to the garrison was restricted to the main gate on Menin Road with Military Police closely monitoring traffic in and out.
The garrison confirmed through a press release that the situation was brought under control by 9:46 a.m. It stated that affected buildings were also placed under lock down “for the safety and well-being of all involved.”
“We have procedures in place to respond to emergency situations,” the statement said. “The safety and security of all members of the Garrison Petawawa Defence team is a top priority and all incidents are treated seriously.”
An investigation as a result from the lockdown will has been launched. Officials would not say what the nature of the situation was that initiated the lockdown. Calls to the garrison public affairs officer were not returned by press time Friday.
The garrison had just completed an active shooter exercise on Wednesday. It also went into lockdown most recently when a terrorist attacked the war memorial and Parliament Buildings in Ottawa killing one Canadian soldier.