Police Respond to Emergency Call Near Ubisoft Montreal Offices [Update]

Police Respond to Emergency Call Near Ubisoft Montreal Offices [Update]

The CBC is now reporting the emergency call was a hoax.

Update [4 p.m. ET]: Montreal Police has stated that no threat has been identified for now, and they are currently evacuating the building.

Update 2 [6:29 p.m. ET]: The CBC is reporting that the 911 call that sent police and other emergency services to Ubisoft's Montreal offices was a hoax, according to its police sources.

The original story and subsequent updates follow below:

Reports today indicate that a police operation is underway near the Ubisoft Montreal office in Canada. Police are advising that there is an ongoing operation in the area, and are asking locals to currently avoid the area.

News first broke over Twitter, where users shared images of a possible situation on Saint-Laurent and Saint-Viateur. Confirmation soon arrived from Ubisoft employees, both at the office and those working from home.

Ubisoft Montreal employees have been posting to social media to assuage concerns over their safety. Some report having to evacuate the building, while local TV footage has captured images of employees on the roof.

Montreal police says there is an ongoing operation on the corner of Saint-Laurent and Saint-Viateur, and asks people to stay clear of the area. Officials are currently validating information, and will share more details soon. CBC and other Canadian news organizations are confirming the reports that a police operation is currently underway.

Early reports from the Montreal Journal indicated it might be a possible hostage situation. The CBC reports that police have told Radio-Canada's Kim Vermette that the operation underway "seems to be related to an armed robbery." Police have currently only confirmed an operation is underway.

Update [3:10 p.m. ET]: An Ubisoft spokesperson tells USgamer that the company is "aware of the situation and working with local authorities."

Update 2 [3:15 p.m. ET]: Montreal police have provided an update, saying officers have been sent to the location following a 911 call. Specialized officers are on-site inspecting the premises, and no injuries have been reported.

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