An armed man was shot and injured outside the White House by US Secret Service agents, as US President Donald Trump was evacuated while he was in the middle of a press conference on Tuesday.
A 51-year-old male approached a Secret Service officer standing at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, one block from the White House, according to Tom Sullivan, the chief of the Secret Service Uniformed Division.
The suspect told the officer he had a weapon and ran “aggressively” towards him, drawing an object out of his clothes, Sullivan said in a statement that was broadcast on Twitter.
He then assumed a “shooter’s stance” as if he intended to fire, whereupon the Secret Service officer shot him in the torso, Sullivan added.
Officers on the scene administered first aid, and emergency medical services were called. Both the suspect and the officer were taken to hospital.
Donald Trump escorted out of press briefing by a Secret Service agent after a shooting outside the White House.
US president was just minutes into a statement to the media when he was rushed out of the room.
He later returned and announced there had been a shooting outside the White House grounds and that the suspect had been shot by officers.