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RCMP member reportedly took his own life near Parliament Hill

A heavy police presence converged on Sparks after uncomfirmed incident.

Ottawa Police officers responded to an incident at 90 Sparks Thursday morning.

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Ottawa Police officers responded to an incident at 90 Sparks Thursday morning.

An RCMP officer has died after shooting himself Thursday morning in a Sparks Street building just steps from Parliament Hill and less than a block away from the prime minister's Langevin Block office, sources say.

Ottawa police – who have yet to confirm those details – said their officers rushed to the scene for a "medical call."

Const. Marc Soucy said the call came in at 8:55 a.m. for an emergency at 90 Sparks, the Thomas D'Arcy McGee Building. He would only say a person had been taken to hospital.

"We’re not looking for suspect and there’s no danger to the public," Soucy said.
Up to 10 police vehicles were positioned around the building, which borders Metcalfe, Queen and Sparks streets.

The RCMP later tweeted the force had lost one of its own.

Paramedics spokesperson JP Trottier said his team “responded to a call near that area earlier this morning” and a person was taken to hospital.

He wouldn’t comment on the person’s injuries, saying the investigation is in the hands of the police.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale also offered his sympathies.

"Deep condolences to the family of the RCMP officer who died on duty in Ottawa this morning, and to the Force. Our prayers are with them," he wrote on Twitter.

Police also cordoned off the Metcalfe side of the building, at number 33. An investigator took photos of the side entrance and an RCMP vehicle that was parked on scene. Eventually, a tow truck picked up that car.

Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau pulled up on the Metcalfe side of the building in a white SUV. He got out and shook hands with the two RCMP officers and OPS officer before driving off without speaking to the media.

In September 2014, one of Bordeleau’s own officers, Kal Ghadban, took his own life at police headquarters. 

– With files from Torstar News Service

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