President Trump’s conference in reference to the Coronavirus outbreak was interrupted by a shootout outside the White House on Monday.
A White House secret service officer shot a man near the palace as President Trump was briefing on the COVID-19 updates in the press room, Washington Post reported.
A few minutes after Trump began his speech, an intelligence officer entered the conference room, interrupted the conference asking the president to go with him; the president left and returned after a while saying the situation was under control.
The 51-year-old man had approached an officer posted near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW around 5:50 p.m. and said he had a weapon, said Thomas Sullivan, chief of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service.
Sullivan said the man aggressively withdrew an object and crouched in a shooter’s stance as if he was about to shoot at the officer but with a quick response, the officer shot and killed the man.
On his Twitter, the secret service member stated that no one entered the White House complex and no one under the service’s protection was in danger.
The man killed was not identified but he and the officer were rushed to the hospital, while the investigating officials said there were no weapons recovered at the scene.
The White house security has tightened since June and July over racial justice demonstrations. President Trump who is seeking an election in November said, this shooting has got nothing to do with him.