On Friday afternoon near the White House, a U.S. Secret Service officer shot a man who waved a weapon at him. He ordered the man to stop and drop the gun first before he opened fire.
David A. Iacovetti, the Secret Service’s deputy assistant director of public affairs, said when the man refused, a Secret Service agent shot him once, and officers took him into custody.
He added that officers recovered a gun at the scene and gave the suspect medical attention. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital in a bad condition. D.C. police are investigating the incident.
Officials from the White house said
“no one within or associated with the White House was injured”
and President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation. Obama was at the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base, some 10 miles away, when the shooting occurred.
The spokeswoman to the vice-president said Joe Biden was in the White House complex but “secure.” A breif lockdown occured and ended by 4.10pm. Jared Sorhaindo, said he was walking past Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House when Secret Service officers began clearing the area.
“All of a sudden Secret Service start screaming, ‘Everybody across the street, now!’ People were running across Lafayette Park and they cordoned everything off.”