Official: Armed person shot by Secret Service officer

A Secret Service agent orders people into buildings near the entrance to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 20, 2016, after the White House was placed on security alert after shooting on street outside. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A Secret Service agent orders people into buildings near the entrance to the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 20, 2016, after the White House was placed on security alert after shooting on street outside. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — A uniformed Secret Service officer shot an armed person on a street outside the White House, a U.S. law enforcement official said Friday.

The White House was placed on a security alert after the shooting, which occurred Friday afternoon. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to release the information, said the person approached the Secret Service officer and drew a weapon, and then the officer opened fire.

U.S. Park Police said on Twitter that the shooting happened on West Executive Drive.

A spokesman for D.C. Fire and EMS, Doug Buchanan, said one patient was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition shortly after 3 p.m.

President Barack Obama was not there — he was playing golf — but Vice President Joe Biden was in the White House complex at the time and was secured during the lockdown, his office said.

The White House grounds were shut down to pedestrian traffic, locking staff members and reporters indoors.

Secret Service officials did not immediately return messages.Secret ServiceShootingUSWhite House

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

A nurse draws up a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Mission neighborhood COVID-19 vaccine site on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SF expands vaccine eligiblity, but appointments ‘limited’

San Francisco expanded eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations Wednesday but appointments remain limited… Continue reading

The now-shuttered Cliff House restaurant overlooks Ocean Beach people at Ocean Beach on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli / Special to the S.F. Examiner)
The United Educators of San Francisco rallied in front of City Hall Saturday for a candlelight vigil after several days of contract negotiations. (Samantha Laurey/Special to SF Examiner)
Teachers call for outside mediator as contract talks over school schedule continue

Union remains at odds with SFUSD over hours students should be in the classroom

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (Paul Chinn/2000 S.F. Examiner)
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet and titan of the Beat era, dies at 101

Elaine Woo Los Angeles Times Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the San Francisco poet, publisher… Continue reading

Most Read