Man Who Shot Himself Outside White House Dies

Ivan Pentchoukov
By Ivan Pentchoukov
March 3, 2018US News
Man Who Shot Himself Outside White House Dies
FBI agents and police officers near the scene of a suicide near the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 2018. (Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

The man who shot himself outside the White House on Saturday has died, according to the DC Police Department.

“Adult male has been declared deceased. We are working to notify next of kin. No further updates,” the police department wrote on Twitter.

The man approached the White House fence line, took out a concealed handgun and fired several shots. None of the shots were aimed at the White House, CNN reported citing a Secret Service spokesperson. There were no other injuries.

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Police are seen outside the White House as several blocks are closed down by the U.S. Secret Service in Washington, DC on March 3, 2018. (Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images)

Secret Service Spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan said that the man had a single gunshot wound to the head. Secret Service did not fire any shots, she added.

The White House was on a brief lockdown according to reporters on site.

“Code Red at 1600 Penn. We are on lockdown at the White House. Reports of shots fired,” Emerald Robinson with OANN wrote on Twitter. “Our cameraman says he heard two shots. Waiting to find out more.”

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U.S. Secret Service officers inspect a car reportedly belonging to a man who shot himself at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2018. (Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty Images)

“We’re sheltering in place at the White House briefing room,” NBC’s Geoff Bennett tweeted. “A report of ‘shots fired’ near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent. Trying to learn more.”

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida at the time of the shooting. They are expected back in Washington in the afternoon to attend the annual Gridiron dinner with members of the news media.

“We are aware of the incident,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told CNN. “The President has been briefed.”

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A passenger car sits at a security barrier it appears to have struck near the White House in Washington, DC, Feb. 23, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department will lead the investigation. The man has been identified, but the information will be withheld from the public until his next-of-kin are notified.

Less than two weeks ago, a person driving a passenger car struck a security barrier near the White House.

The car did not breach the barrier. The female driver was taken into custody by Secret Service officers. There were no injuries and no shots fired during the incident.


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