Se­cret Ser­vice sleuths shoot armed man near White House

In­truder bran­dished gun and re­fused to stop when or­dered

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Wash­ing­ton: The White House was on Fri­day placed on lock­down for more than an hour when a man bran­dished a gun nearby and was shot at by Se­cret Ser­vice agents af­ter he re­fused or­ders to drop the weapon.

The man — iden­ti­fied as Jesse Olivieri from Ash­land, Penn­syl­va­nia — has been ad­mit­ted to a nearby hos­pi­tal with crit­i­cal in­juries, of­fi­cials said. Eye­wit­nesses de­scribed him as around 5 feet, 10 inches tall with shaggy blonde hair. The in­ci­dent took place at around 3.06pm ( lo­cal time) when an “adult male sub­ject, car­ry­ing a firearm, ap­proached an outer perime­ter check­point ac­ces­si­ble to the gen­eral pub­lic” on E Street near the White House, the Se­cret Ser­vice said. The Se­cret Ser­vice agents gave nu­mer­ous ver­bal com­mands for the ac­cused to stop and drop the firearm. “When he failed to com­ply with the ver­bal com­mands, he was shot once by a Se­cret Ser­vice agent and taken into cus­tody,” said David A Ia­cov­etti, Deputy As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor Of­fice of Gov­ern­ment and Pub­lic Af­fairs, US Se­cret Ser­vice. “The Se­cret Ser­vice re­cov­ered a firearm at the scene.”

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama was not present on the premises as he had gone to play golf at An­drews Air­force Base. How­ever, Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den was present in the com­plex and the Se­cret Ser­vice agents rushed to him for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity. Louisville: Don­ald Trump on Fri­day slammed Hil­lary Clin­ton as “heart­less” for back­ing re­stric­tions on gun own­er­ship that he said would leave Amer­i­cans in high- crime ar­eas un­able to pro­tect them­selves. He also chal­lenged Clin­ton to fol­low his lead and re­lease a list of po­ten­tial Supreme Court nom­i­nees.

Trump’s re­marks came at the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion con­ven­tion in Louisville, Ken-

As a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure, the White House was im­me­di­ately put un­der lock­down, with doors locked and agents in full tac­ti­cal gear and armed with au­to­matic and heavy- cal­iber weapons de­ployed around the com­plex and Lafayette Square to the north. Snipers took to the White House roof with guns drawn as peo­ple were cleared off the streets. Some peo­ple were heard scream­ing on Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue.

Dur­ing a search of the man’s ve­hi­cle parked near 17th Street and Con­sti­tu­tion Av­enue, fed­eral agents found am­mu­ni­tion for a .22 cal­iber weapon. Based on pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the Fed­eral Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion ( FBI) and other law en­force­ment agen­cies said the shoot­ing in­ci­dent has no known nexus to ter­ror­ism. “At this time, based on a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, there is no known nexus to ter­ror­ism,” said a joint state­ment is­sued by mul­ti­ple agen­cies in­volved in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­clud­ing the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice De­part­ment, US Se­cret Ser­vice, United States Park Po­lice, and FBI. “How­ever, an in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into the mo­tives be­hind his ac­tions. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, and will con­tinue to fol­low all log­i­cal leads,” said the state­ment is­sued late in the night.

No law en­force­ment per­son­nel and by­standers were in­jured. The White House has seen a num­ber of se­cu­rity in­ci­dents in re­cent years, prompt­ing changes at the ex­ec­u­tive com­plex. Just last month, a per­son was de­tained by se­cret ser­vice agents for al­legedly throw­ing a back­pack over the White House fence and then climb­ing over the bar­rier.

Mo­hammed Ali Hos­sain, a gov­ern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor, said about 100,000 peo­ple were forced from their homes on Mo­heshkhali is­land in Cox’s Bazar. “Our teams are work­ing there. We are ar­rang­ing dry food for them and other re­sources they need ur­gently,” he said.

Mo­hammed Ul­lah, a coun­cil chief, said the is­land was flooded in no time by the im­pact of the cy­clone. “The is­landers were pre­par­ing to go to cy­clone shel­ters, but sud­denly wa­ters started com­ing. Most is­landers have moved to safety,” he said. Bangladesh, a delta na­tion, is prone to deadly cy­clones. — AP

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