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Video Shows Man Approaching White House With Gun

Footage from May 20 shows Jesse Olivieri with a gun his right hand by his side, ignoring officers' warnings to stop



    Video showing a Pennsylvania man shot after rushing a White House security gate last month. Chris Gordon reports. (Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016)

    Video played in court Monday shows a Pennsylvania man shot by the Secret Service in May holding a gun as he walked toward the south entrance of the White House.

    A judge ordered 31-year-old Jesse Olivieri of Ashland, Pennsylvania, detained after prosecutors played video of the incident caught on security cameras. The footage from May 20 shows Olivieri with a gun his right hand by his side, ignoring officers' warnings to stop.

    A Secret Service special officer shot Olivieri and his gun — identified in an affidavit as a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic — was kicked away from him. Officers surrounded him with their guns drawn, then begin rendering medical aid.

    Before Olivieri was taken to George Washington University Hospital, a Secret Service officer asked him why he went to the White House. "I came here to shoot people," he replied, according to court documents.

    A spent .22-caliber shell casing was found near the Camry on Constitution Avenue, and more ammunition was found in the car.

    Olivieri is charged with resisting or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon, a federal offense carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. He went to court in a wheelchair Monday.

    His public defender argued Olivieri never pointed or shot his gun, has no prior criminal record and has received psychiatric treatment.

    But the judge ruled Olivieri is a threat to the community, saying he committed a serious crime.

    The incident occurred within view of tourists outside the White House, near sidewalks crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

    The White House was on lockdown for about an hour after the incident. President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time, but Vice President Joe Biden was inside the building, administration officials said.