Police operation video game studio Ubisoft were forced to flee to the roof in potential hostage situation

Source: montreal.ctvnews.ca/police-operation-underway-near-ubisoft-headquarters-in-montreal-s-mile-end-neighbourhood-1.5188063


Police operation underway in Montreal


MONTREAL — Several dozen people were escorted by police out of the Montreal headquarters of video-game company Ubisoft during a major police operation Friday afternoon.The activity appeared to begin around 1:30 p.m. at the company office at the corner of St. Laurent Blvd. and St. Viateur St., in the Mile End neighbourhood.At that time, police officers secured a perimeter in the area. An armoured SWAT truck showed up at about 2:35 p.m., along with a police bus.


At around 3:30, dozens of employees were escorted out. A Ubisoft employee told CTV News that in a company memo, employees at the office were asked to hide in an area that locks, to put their phones on silent, and to keep quiet.
Police say they can’t confirm what the threat is, but said police arrived in response to a 911 call and that “specialized SPVM officers are on site inspecting the premises.
“Police said about an hour later that no injuries have been reported.


A side from police vehicles, several ambulances are parked at the site.
A helicopter is also hovering, but the news station TVA Nouvelles posted on Twitter that it had sent its own helicopter to gather footage from the roof of the building.That footage, according to photos the news outlet posted on Twitter, showed dozens of people standing on the roof of the Ubisoft building, but looking fairly relaxed.It’s unclear how many of the people inside the building are Ubisoft employees, since other companies also use space inside the same building.