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National War Memorial Arrest: Man Detained Near Where Harper Lays Wreath

10/23/2014 10:38 EDT | Updated 10/23/2014 10:38 EDT

OTTAWA -- A man was detained by police this morning not far from Stephen Harper as the prime minister stopped by the National War Memorial to pay tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo.

UPDATE: The man has been identified as 39-year-old Robert Hennigar. He has been charged with one count of obstructing police and is expected to appear in court Friday, according to a statement by the RCMP.

Harper was visiting the memorial to lay a wreath where Cirillo was fatally shot Wednesday by a gunman who then raced to Parliament Hill, where he was killed in a gunfight in the halls of the Centre Block.

As he arrived, however, police could be seen wrestling a man to the ground and cuffing him before taking him to a nearby cruiser.

"It's just somebody that tried to breach the crime scene, and that's all we have for now,'' said Ottawa police Const. Marc Soucy.

Several federal MPs were also on hand to pay their respects at the memorial, even taking part in an impromptu rendition of O Canada.

Harper and the rest of the MPs are expected to be in the House of Commons to resume the business of government.

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