Police have arrested two suspects as a part of a massive, ongoing police operation at a CEGEP in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., — the place college students and employees are beginning to exit the constructing after being in lockdown for about three hours.
Students and employees at the CEGEP de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu acquired a message from faculty officers shortly after 9 a.m. Friday ordering them to barricade themselves into closed rooms and preserve the lights off.
Local police arrested a 19-year-old male suspect, who police mentioned was carrying a bulletproof vest and appearing suspiciously in entrance of the CEGEP, round 10 a.m.
The second suspect, a feminine minor, was arrested and detained for questioning across the similar time, police spokesperson Barbara-Anne Dion advised Radio-Canada.
Montreal police officer Jérémie Lévesque mentioned there have been no reported gunshots and police haven’t any info on firearms or explosives in or close to the varsity.
There have been no accidents, although one pregnant lady is being transported to hospital as a safety measure, mentioned Lévesque.
The lockdown was lifted shortly after midday Friday. Montreal police known as the Sûreté du Québec for backup and sniffer canine are on the premises.
Police evacuated the varsity classroom by classroom and Lévesque mentioned they may search luggage and autos earlier than college students and employees go away the premises.
“We aren’t excluding the chance that there’s one other suspect,” he mentioned.
(*2*) to a short information launch, the varsity mentioned the lockdown order got here at the request of the police pressure in the town situated about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal.
Police have established a safety perimeter across the faculty and entry to the premises is prohibited.
Nathalie Beaudoin, the CEGEP’s managing director, says folks are being requested to steer clear of the varsity.
She says all faculty actions for the day have been cancelled.