Ubisoft Montreal staffers barricade on roof amid possible hostage situation A potential hostage situation is reportedly taking place at the building in which game developer Ubisoft's Montreal office is housed. A group of suspects are reportedly holding tens of people hostage at Ubisoft Montreal, according to local (French-language) media outlet LCN. The situation reportedly began around 1:30pm Eastern Time. Montreal police confirmed that there is an "ongoing police operation" at the intersection where Ubisoft Montreal sits, adding, "We ask people to avoid the area. The SPVM is currently validating information and more details will follow." Montreal mayor Valérie Plante confirmed that her office is coordinating with the police and monitoring the situation and echoed the police's request for everyone to avoid the area. According to Radio-Canada (story in French), police were dispatched to the scene following a 911 call reporting a robbery in a nearby commercial building. Live-streamed footage from an LCN helicopter showed a group of people together on the roof deck of the building behind a makeshift barricade seemingly constructed of folding tables leaning against the access door. Developer Eric Pope confirmed in a Tweet that the individuals on the roof were indeed Ubisoft employees, saying, "This is insane. This is my team on the roof." This is a developing story and will be updated. Major police operation underway near Ubisoft building in Montreal's Mile End Several police cruisers are on the scene, and TV images show heavily armed officers in the area CBC News · Posted: Nov 13, 2020 2:28 PM ET | Last Updated: 5 minutes ago A major police operation is underway at one of the Ubisoft buildings on St-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood. Images from the scene show several heavily armed Montreal police officers in the area. Images also show dozens of people on the roof of the red-brick building, and the door opening onto the roof barricaded from the outside with large objects. Police have set up a perimeter at the corner of St-Laurent Blvd. and St-Viateur Street. Several police cruisers and ambulances are on the scene. Police are asking people to avoid the area. Police say there are no immediate reports of injuries related to the operation. They say the operation began in response to a 911 call. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante addressed the situation on Twitter, saying the city is in contact with police and asking people to avoid the Mile End area.