In these uncertain times, with unrest in America at an all-time-high for the modern era, the work of the Secret Service has changed dramatically.
Sure, these brave men and women are still operating in a routine, day-to-day fashion, keeping the President and his family safe. But these days, given the angst and vitriol of the nation at large, the stakes just appear to be a little higher.
That is why an incident that occurred at the White House this week was so shocking and worrisome.
An internal investigation has been launched into the shooting of a 51-year-old suspect by a Secret Service officer near the White House complex late Monday, which prompted agents to briefly remove President Donald Trump from a press briefing.take our poll - story continues below
Shortly before 6 p.m., according to an agency statement, the man allegedly approached a Secret Service uniformed officer standing post about a block from the White House grounds, telling the officer that he had a weapon.
“The suspect then turned around, ran aggressively towards the officer, and in a drawing motion, withdrew an object from his clothing,” the agency said. “He then crouched into a shooter’s stance as if about to fire a weapon. The Secret Service officer discharged his weapon, striking the individual in the torso. “
An unnamed source has now stated that no firearm was found on the man.
The event occurred at the same time that the President was beginning a press conference within the White House. Trump was briefly whisked away by Secret Service officers before returning to the podium and telling the gathered press pool what had happened.
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