MAN SHOT NEAR WHITE HOUSE HAD THREAT­ENED TO KILL PEO­PLE

Chicago Sun-Times - - BUSINESS - BY MICHAEL BALSAMO AND COLLEEN LONG

WASH­ING­TON — A man shot and wounded by a uni­formed Se­cret Ser­vice of­fi­cer, prompt­ing Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to be abruptly es­corted out of a brief­ing room dur­ing a tele­vised news con­fer­ence, had been threat­en­ing to kill peo­ple near the White House, two of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said Tues­day. But he was ap­par­ently un­armed.

The man, My­ron Basil Ber­ry­man, 51, of Forestvill­e, Mary­land, was ar­rested on a charge of as­sault­ing a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, ac­cord­ing to the Metropolit­an Po­lice Depart­ment. He re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized with crit­i­cal in­juries on Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties.

The of­fi­cials, who were briefed on the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, could not dis­cuss the on­go­ing probe pub­licly and spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity.

Ber­ry­man had ap­proached the uni­formed of­fi­cer just be­fore 6 p.m. Mon­day at the cor­ner of 17th Street and Penn­syl­va­nia Av­enue, just blocks from the White House, and told the of­fi­cer he had a weapon, Se­cret Ser­vice Uni­formed Di­vi­sion Chief Tom Sullivan said. He then moved ag­gres­sively to­ward the of­fi­cer and ap­peared ready to fire be­fore the of­fi­cer shot him once, Sullivan said.

A po­lice re­port ob­tained by the AP says Ber­ry­man “stated to Of­fi­cer that he had gun.”

Sullivan would not an­swer ques­tions Mon­day night about whether the man had in­deed been armed, but no weapon was re­cov­ered at the scene, the of­fi­cials said.

Be­fore the shoot­ing, Ber­ry­man had been shout­ing that he was go­ing to kill peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.

Sullivan said af­ter the man told the of­fi­cer he had a weapon, he turned around and “ran ag­gres­sively to­ward the of­fi­cer, and the sus­pect then “crouched into a shooter’s stance, as if about to fire a weapon.”

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