President Donald Trump is expected to hold a news conference on Monday amid the ongoing virus pandemic.
US President Donald Trump has been abruptly ushered from a coronavirus press conference after reports of shots being fired outside the White House. Both the suspect and the officer were taken to hospital. He wasn't sure if the incident was connected to him and wasn't sure if the person who was shot had ill intentions.
"The White House complex was never breached during the incident, nor were the Secret Service protectees ever in danger", Sullivan said.
Secret Service agents shot someone near the fence of the White House Monday evening.
Armed Secret Service officers were seen stationed on the North Lawn of the White House as reporters inside the building scrambled to learn the cause of the lockdown. Sullivan did not address whether the man had indeed been armed. The District of Columbia fire department said the suspect suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Sullivan released no information about the officer and would not answer any questions at a late-night news conference near the scene.
Law enforcement officials were still trying to determine the suspect's motive.
Philipos Melaku, one of a small group of veteran protesters who camp out near the White House, said he had heard a shot.
The Secret Service also tweeted confirming an officer-involved shooting at 17th Street Northwest and Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest.
I'd like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work.
Trump added that USA agents would release a full report shortly, but praised the "very powerful" new fencing surrounding the White House.