Security heightened at CFB Comox

With shootings at Parliament Hill this morning in Ottawa, CFB Comox “is continuously adapting security measures” and is taking precautions as the situation unfolds, explained Capt. Trevor Reid, public affairs officer at 19 Wing Comox.

While he noted he cannot speak about specifics, Reid said force protection measures are in place.

Wednesday morning, reports indicate a man with a rifle shot and killed a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. Several witnesses and MPs took to Twitter to report shots fired inside Parliament.

Ottawa Police report one male suspect has been confirmed dead.

“We want to express our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were attacked. It is a difficult time for us in uniform at 19 Wing,” said Reid.

Fred Bigelow, CEO of the Comox Valley Airport, said they received a notice from Transport Canada Oct. 17, but there have not been any updates since then.

“Like all Canadian Airports, the Comox Valley Airport has been maintaining increased security vigilance … this includes a heightened awareness among our staff of suspicious activities and behaviours in the terminal building,” he said in an email.

“We will continue to comply with this notice and any subsequent directives from Transport Canada.”

Comox resident Russ Arnott, the manager of Canadian Forces Housing Agency at CFB Comox, is in an Ottawa-area military building on lockdown attending a meeting just around the corner from where the shootings took place.

He explained like many people, they are watching the incident unfold on television.

“We can hear lots of sirens outside and if we peek through the blinds, emergency vehicles (are) buzzing by.”

Visit for further updates.

Just Posted

Associate pastor made early connections in Courtenay

Central Evangelical Free Church opens at former Record office

Seeing double, the trials and tribulations of twins

BIG READ: Three Vancouver Island mothers share their experiences with multiple births

Comox Valley teen with autism a spectacular guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in Port Alice exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

Risk of thunderstorm this afternoon for Vancouver Island and Lower Mainland

A special weather statement calls for heavy rain and wind over the next 48 hours

Conservation officer frees B.C. deer from flotation gear mishap

BC Conservation Officer Service is reminding residents to keep backyards clear of entanglements

Lions earn stunning 35-32 OT win over Ticats

Epic comeback lifts B.C. past Hamilton in CFL thriller

Czarnik nets 3 as Flames dump Canucks 5-2

Calgary picks up exhibition win over Vancouver

Ottawa to name new ambassador for women, peace and security, Freeland says

Chrystia Freeland also confirmed Canada would spend about $25 million to fund number of initiatives

‘A little bright spot:’ Ottawa residents rescue dog trapped beneath rubble

Freelance journalist says rescue of a dog trapped under rubble was happy ending amid chaos in Ottawa

B.C. deaf community wants different sign languages on federal accessibility act

Advocates also want Indigenous Sign Language to be recognized on the Indigenous Language Act

VIDEO: B.C.-born firefighter remembered by MP in emotional speech

Family asks first responders to look after one another in wake of suicide, growing concerns of PTSD

Airline has ‘close call’ with drone while en route to B.C. airport

Jazz Aviation reported the drone sighting near Vancouver to the RCMP and Transport Canada

Tragic accident claims life of B.C. toddler

Fundraising effort has been created to help mom and family

Most Read