This is a developing story. Additional details will be added as they become available.
The Secret Service arrested a suspicious man with a gun outside of the White House this morning. The President and the First Family was in the White House at the time.
As of this time, the man has not been identified, and his motives are not known. However, the gun he was carrying was unlicensed, as was the ammunition he carried.
The arrest comes just days after angry protests against the President, including the Women’s March, took place in Washington, D.C. and across the nation.
U.S. Secret Service agents arrested the owner of a suspicious vehicle that was discovered near the White House in the early hours of Tuesday morning, after the suspect was found with an unlicensed pistol.
“On January 23, 2018, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Secret Service Uniformed Division officers were alerted to a suspicious vehicle in the vicinity of the White House complex,” the agency said in a statement Tuesday morning. “During their investigation, officers discovered the operator of the vehicle was in possession of a loaded firearm.”
The vehicle owner, who was not identified by name, was charged with “carrying a pistol without a license, possession of an unregistered firearm, and possession of unregistered ammunition.” He was transferred to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for processing following his arrest.
The incident occurred on the H Street block between 15th and 17th Streets, within the White House complex and blocks away from Lafayette Park.
The car owned by the suspected White House gunman was searched extensively and was cleared by the Secret Service.
Here is the car the gunman was found in.
Here are tweets that covered the incident.
NEW: Secret Service says officers responding to a suspicious vehicle near White House early this morning found driver with "loaded firearm." Driver arrested & charged.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 23, 2018
— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) January 23, 2018
No other details have been released at this time.
This isn’t the first security threat against President Trump and the First Family in the White House. Over the past year, there have been several instances of individuals attempting to enter the White House grounds.
Last October, a young man was arrested when he jumped a barrier and tried to enter the White House grounds. The man was carrying a backpack, causing additional alarm, but after he was subdued and arrested by the Secret Service, the backpack was cleared.
Celebrities and other presidential critics have made veiled violent threats against the President, inflaming the situation. Madonna caused controversy at last year’s Women’s March when she said she fantasized about blowing up the White House.