USSS releases official statement for recent shooting outside White House

The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) just released an official statement regarding a White House shooting that forced POTUS Donald Trump to evacuate on Monday.

President Trump was abruptly asked by the USSS to evacuate during his coronavirus briefing at the White House brief room on Monday, per CNN. As it turns out, there was a shooting that happened just outside the White House.

Trump’s abrupt exit during a briefing

The Guardian notes that after Trump was asked by the USSS to exit the room temporarily, the reporters were also placed on lockdown, as the security detail surrounds the West Wing.

10 minutes later, Trump returns to the brief room and explained the reason behind his abrupt exit. The POTUS confirmed that there was a shooting outside of the White House and that the Secret Service seems to have it under control.

“There was an actual shooting and somebody’s been taken to the hospital,” said Trump. He then confirms that the Secret Service shot someone, who appears to be the suspect.

“It seems that the shooting was done by law enforcement at the suspect, it was the suspect who was shot,” he further explained.

USSS official statement about the White House shooting

The USSS posted an official statement on its Twitter account, narrating the details of the said shooting. Accordingly, the incident happened around 5:30 p.m., identifying the male subject as a 51-year-old man.

Based on the statement, the man approached a USSS Uniformed Division officer “who was standing at his post on the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. near the White House Complex.”

The event of the encounter reads:

“The suspect approached the officer and told the officer he had a weapon. The suspect then turned around, ran aggressively towards the officer, and in a drawing motion, withdrew an object from his clothing. He then crouched into a shooter’s stance as if about to fire a weapon. The Secret Service officer discharged his weapon striking the individual in the torso. Officers immediately rendered first aid to the suspect and D.C. Fire and EMS were called to the scene. Both the suspect and the officer were transported to local hospitals.”

Moreover, the USSS assures that, at any point in the incident, the White House Complex was not breached. Nor was any of the “Secret Service protectees were ever in danger.”

Further investigations are still in place; The Metropolitan Police Department has been tapped to conduct an investigation, while the Secret Service Office of Professional Responsibility will conduct an internal review as well for its officer’s action.

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