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Trump leaves media event after man is shot near White House

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with a secret service agent before leaving a coronavirus disease pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. on August 10, 2020.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with a secret service agent before leaving a coronavirus disease pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. on August 10, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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 Uniformed Division.

The name of the man, 51, and his condition were not released by Mr. Sullivan. The District of Columbia fire department said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries.

Mr. 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. Mr. Sullivan did not address whether the man had indeed been armed.

 

Law enforcement officials gather following a shooting that took place at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, in Washington on August 10, 2020.

Law enforcement officials gather following a shooting that took place at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, in Washington on August 10, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

 

 

Law enforcement officials were trying to determine a motive and authorities were investigating whether the man had a history of mental illness.

Mr. Trump had just begun a briefing on the COVID-19 situation when a 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 control.”

“There was an actual shooting and somebody’s been taken to the hospital,” he said. The President said law enforcement had fired the shots and he believed the individual who was shot was armed. “It was the suspect who was shot,” he said.

Mr. Trump said the agent had escorted him to the Oval Office. The White House was placed on lockdown following the incident.

An internal review of the shooting by the Secret Service was under way, and the Metropolitan Police Department was also investigating, a standard protocol.

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