The U.S. Secret Service has released an official report on the shooting incident that occurred on Monday afternoon outside the White House.
“At approximately 5:53 PM today, a 51 year old male approached a U.S. Secret Service 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 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,” the statement read.
“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. The White House Complex was not breached during the incident and no Secret Service protectees were ever in danger,” the Secret Service added.
The incident happened while President Trump was holding a press briefing. Following protocol, the president was escorted to safety while the situation was being assessed.
Trump returned after a few minutes and said the situation has been managed. He thanked the Secret Service for their efficient handling of the situation.
“I feel very safe with the Secret Service. They’re fantastic people. They’re the best of the best and they’re highly trained,” Trump said, adding: “I don’t know if anybody got to walk outside, but there were a lot of terrific looking people ready to go if something was necessary, people, at the highest level of law enforcement. There’s nobody like these people. So they just wanted me to step aside for a little while just to make sure that everything was cleared outside because it was right in this area.”