Gatineau police mum on report Senator Brazeau taken to hospital after suffering "psychological distress"

Gatineau police remain mum amid a report Senator Patrick Brazeau was taken to hospital early Tuesday morning.

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GATINEAU, Que.–Gatineau police remain mum amid a report Senator Patrick Brazeau was taken to hospital early Tuesday morning.

Local radio station 104.7 FM reported that a woman told authorities that Brazeau was in a state of “psychological distress” in a home.

The report said police detained Brazeau for his own health. The report said he resisted their intervention, leading police to use pepper spray. The report also revealed the location of the incident.

Brazeau’s office denied the report.

APTN was not able to verify that Brazeau was involved.

Gatineau police issued a statement Tuesday evening confirming an incident occurred at the reported address.

The statement said no one was charged with any crime and no information would be released about the incident. Police described the incident as “a possible intervention.”

“This type of information is confidential and we will not answer any questions,” said the statement.

Gatineau sits across the Ottawa River from Canada’s capital city.

Neighbours described a chaotic scene that unfolded in the early morning hours.

One neighbour said she was woken just before 4 a.m. by flashing police lights across the street.

The neighbour said she saw about four police cars and an ambulance. She said one individual, who appeared to be male, was put into an ambulance, while another man was put into the back of the police car.

Another neighbour said one of the police officers was washing out his eyes out with water as a result of pepper spray. The neighbour said police remained at the houseuntil at least 4 p.m. on Tuesday and they saw officers in white jump suits, “like in CSI,” entering the house.

Neighbours said the house is owned by a woman who is originally from Maniwaki, Que., which is Brazeau’s home town. Neighbours said the woman was renting out a basement apartment and that she left with family during the day. One neighbour said they saw the woman walking with a bandaged knee the same day.

Another neighbour said they saw a man with tattoos moving out of the house during the day.

No one answered the door at the house Tuesday evening.

Brazeau has a court date next Wednesday stemming from charges of assault and sexual assault against a woman he was once living with at another house in Gatineau which he was renting. Brazeau no longer lives at that address and the current residents said they have been living there since September.

Brazeau was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Senate in 2008. He has since been banished from the Conservative caucus and sits as an Independent.

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