WASHINGTON – U.S. Secret Service agents shot a man who was brandishing a weapon at a checkpoint and refusing to drop it. The man was later identified as Jesse Oliveiri. Several law enforcement officials said they believe it may have been an attempt at suicide by cop, and that Olivieri said he wanted to die.
Law enforcement is expected to be charged with assaulting a federal officer. Olivieri, who has been described as a white male in his early 30s, was shot in the chest by a Secret Service agent, law enforcement officials said. A weapon was recovered, officials said. The incident happened at 3:06 p.m. at a security gate at 17th Street and E Street N.W., on the west side of the White House complex where employees enter. Law enforcement agencies had originally given conflicting accounts of where the shooting happened; the Secret Service said it was outside the security perimeter.
D.C. Fire and EMS said Olivieri was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Rohail Khan, who said he was around 5 feet from the shooting, said he heard a single shot and then Secret Service yelled for everyone to get down. President Barack Obama was not at the White House. He has been notified of the situation, a White House official said. He was headed back to the White House after an afternoon of golfing at about 6 p.m.
Government sources said two Secret Service officers had eyes on Olivieri before he even pulled out the gun and had “shadowed” him. He was never inside the White House complex. The White House lockdown was lifted by 4 p.m. The Secret Service announced last year that it would be adding “temporary security enhancements” to the White House, including an anti-climb feature with sharp metal spikes on top of the fence surrounding the grounds, after a series of high-profile incidents.
In September of 2014, a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way into the East Room before he was tackled and arrested. Omar Gonzalez, 43, pleaded guilty to charges related to the breach and was sentenced to nearly 1 1/2 years in prison. Prosecutors said he has a history with law enforcement where he described having “paranoid delusions.”