Texas Man Arrested Near US Vice President’s Residence on Weapons Charge: Secret Service

By Reuters
March 17, 2021USshare
Texas Man Arrested Near US Vice President’s Residence on Weapons Charge: Secret Service
Police officers detain a man near the official residence of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on the grounds of the Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., U.S., March 17, 2021, in this still image taken a social media video. @penguinsix/via REUTERS

WASHINGTON—A San Antonio man was arrested near the official residence of Vice President Kamala Harris in Washington on Wednesday and was charged with weapons-related offenses, the U.S. Secret Service said.

The Secret Service, responsible for the security of the president and vice president, said the suspect, Paul Murray, 31, was detained by its uniformed officers on the street near a government complex that houses the vice president’s residence and the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said its officers then arrested and charged Murray.

The department said the arrest was sparked by an “intelligence bulletin that originated from Texas.” The department did not elaborate on the bulletin’s contents.

A reporter at Fox News’ Washington affiliate tweeted a Texas law enforcement bulletin that said Murray had been experiencing “paranoid delusions” that the military or government wanted to kill him, and that he sent his mother a text message saying he was in Washington and was going to “take care of his problem.”

D.C. police said Murray was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, carrying a rifle or shotgun outside of a business, possession of unregistered ammunition, and possession of a large-capacity ammunition-feeding device.

Police said a rifle and ammunition were recovered from Murray’s vehicle.

By Mark Hosenball

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