The Secret Service shot an armed man at a security checkpoint outside the White House on Friday, May 20, 2016, causing the complex to go into lockdown. The man who was shot was identified by law enforcement officials as Jesse Andrew Olivieri, 30 or 31, from Ashland, Pennsylvania.
Vice President Biden was in the complex; he was secured for his safety. President Obama was on a golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland, when the shooting occurred. A White House official said no White House employees were injured, and that Obama was briefed about the situation.
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.
The suspect was brandishing a weapon, and a uniformed Secret Service officer gave him "numerous verbal commands for the subject to stop and drop the firearm," said Secret Service spokesman Samuel Reed Jr. The officer shot the suspect once, and he was taken to a local hospital.
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.