WH Shooting Interrupts Trump Briefing 08/11 06:27
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A uniformed Secret Service officer shot and wounded a man
during a confrontation near the White House that led to President Donald Trump
being abruptly escorted out of a briefing room during a televised news
conference Monday, authorities said.
The White House complex was not breached and no one under Secret Service
protection was in danger, said Tom Sullivan, chief of the Secret Service
The name of the man, 51, and his condition were not released by Sullivan.
The District of Columbia fire department said the man suffered serious or
possibly critical injuries.
Sullivan said the man had claimed he was armed, moved aggressively toward
the officer, and appeared ready to fire before the officer shot him once.
Sullivan did not address whether the man had indeed been armed.
Law enforcement officials were trying to determine a motive and authorities
were investigating whether the man had a history of mental illness.
Trump had just begun a coronavirus briefing when a U.S. Secret Service agent
escorted him from the briefing room. The president returned minutes later,
saying there had been a "shooting" outside the White House that was "under
"There was an actual shooting and somebody's been taken to the hospital,"
Trump said. The president said law enforcement had fired the shots and that he
believed the individual who was shot was armed. "It was the suspect who was
shot," he said.
Trump said the agent had escorted him to the Oval Office. The White House
was placed on lockdown following the incident.
In a Monday night statement to reporters, Sullivan said the shooting
occurred just before 6 p.m. EDT after the man approached the uniformed Secret
Service officer near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and told the officer
he had a weapon.
The man then turned around and "ran aggressively toward the officer, and in
a drawing motion, removed an object from his clothing," Sullivan said. The
suspect then "crouched into a shooter's stance, as if about to fire a weapon"
before the officer shot the man once in the torso, he said.
Both the suspect and the officer were taken to the hospital. Sullivan
released no information about the officer and would not answer any questions at
a late-night news conference near the scene.
An internal review of the shooting by the Secret Service was underway, and
the Metropolitan Police Department was also investigating, a standard protocol.
At the White House, Trump praised Secret Service personnel for their work in
keeping him safe. Asked if he was shaken by the incident, Trump asked
reporters: "I don't know. Do I seem rattled?"