An intruder was tasered and shot to death by Secret Service after trying to break into Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC, Wednesday, in a brazen raid that injured two agents.
According to police, the suspect, who was not identified, was attempting to burglarize the building – which serves as the private residence of Peruvian Ambassador to the US Oswaldo de Rivero – during the early morning break-in.
The resulting shootout between Secret Service and the suspect, who police say was armed with a ‘metal stake’ and ‘smashed out several windows to the backside’ of the residence to gain entry, saw two agents injured and hospitalized.
They are currently being ‘evaluated’ following the incident, police said, which took place just before 8 am.
The ambassador and his family were home during the attack, cops said Wednesday.
At least one person was shot and two Secret Service personnel are now being ‘evaluated’ following a shooting at the Peruvian Embassy in Washington, DC, Wednesday morning, police say
The Secret Service reported that its officers shot ‘a reported intruder’ at the embassy (pictured), on the 3000 block of Garrison Street, ‘following a confrontation’ just before 8 am. The intruder was killed in the altercation, cops said Wednesday
Multiple emergency vehicles were reported seen flying down nearby Connecticut Avenue after the gunfire erupted
Police revealed details of the break-in during an on-scene media briefing blocks from the embassy, a gated, palatial estate located in the quiet, residential neighborhood of Forest Hills, home to a series of similar opulent mansions.
‘This morning, just before 8 AM, members of the United States Secret Service uniformed division were summoned to the 3000 Block of Garrison Place in response to a call for a burglary in progress,’ DC Police Chief Robert Conte said during the presser.
‘Upon the arrival of the officers on the scene, they located an individual who was in the rear of the ambassador’s residence – The Peruvian Embassy.
‘Once the officers encountered this individual in the back they learned that this individual had smashed out several windows to the backside of this residence,’ Conte said.
The officer revealed that de Rivero, a retired Peruvian diplomat aged 85, was home with his family at the residence when they heard the windows shattered, spurring them to summon the agents.
‘They encountered this person,’ Conte said, referring to the agents, who he said ‘pulled their less-than-lethal service weapons, their Tasers,’ upon coming across the suspect outside the rear of the residence
Conte said the ‘person was holding a metal stake.’
Police revealed details of the break-in during an on-scene media briefing blocks from the embassy, a gated, palatial estate located in the quiet, residential neighborhood of Forest Hills, home to a series of similar opulent mansions
Several unmarked vehicles were spotted entering and exiting the crime scene Wednesday morning, in the hours after the shootout, which cops say came after a failed burglary
Local and federal law enforcement officials gather near the gates of the Peruvian Embassy
‘The officers fired their Tasers; they did not take effect,’ Conte continued during the street-side presser. ‘As these weapons did not take effect, ultimately, the officers end up pulling their service weapons, firing shots, and now this person is deceased.’
Cops were called to the gated estate soon after, responding to reports that agents shot the ‘reported intruder following a confrontation.’
‘One gunshot victim and two Secret Service Police being evaluated,’ officials responding to the reports could be heard saying over radio chatter Wednesday, at 8:10 am.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was declared dead at the scene.
Officials from the service said two agents involved in the shootout sustained injuries. DC Police said their conditions are non-life-threatening.
The Secret Service is currently investigating the incident. Officers are also participating in the investigation.
Police confirmed to DailyMail.com Wednesday that a shooting had taken place at the residence – located on the 3000 block of Garrison Street.
Cops were called to the gated estate early Wednesay, responding to reports that agents shot a ‘reported intruder following a confrontation’
Multiple emergency vehicles were reported seen flying down nearby Connecticut Avenue after agents’ gunfire erupted.
Several unmarked vehicles were spotted entering and exiting the crime scene Wednesday morning.
Cops confirmed that one person had been shot and is being attended to by EMS personnel.
It is not yet clear how many shots were fired during the incident. No additional details were provided.
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Cops confirmed that one person had been shot and is being attended to by EMS personnel. The extent of the two Secret Service agent’s injuries is unknown