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Several officials accompany President Donald Trump after the Secret Service recommended that he interrupt a conference with the media and leave the James Brady press room of the White House, Monday, August 10, 2020. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik )

The man shot by a Secret Service agent near the White House – causing President Donald Trump to abruptly leave a room where he was giving a televised press conference – had been threatening to kill people near the scene, they said Tuesday. two officials familiar with the matter.

The man, Myron Basil Berryman, 51, of Forestville, Maryland, was arrested on the charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer, according to the Washington Metropolitan Police Department. On Tuesday he remained hospitalized with serious injuries, according to authorities.

The officials, who were briefed on the investigation, spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, as they were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Berryman had approached the uniformed officer shortly before 6 p.m. Monday at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, a few blocks from the White House, and told police he had a gun, said the head of the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service, Tom Sullivan. Berryman then moved aggressively toward the officer and appeared ready to open fire before the officer shot him once, Sullivan said.

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Secret Service officers remain in front of the James Brady Press Room on Monday, August 10, 2020, at the White House in Washington after a press conference by President Donald Trump was suspended. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Sullivan did not respond to questions Monday night about whether the man was actually armed, but no weapons were recovered at the scene, authorities said.

Before Berryman was shot dead, he had been yelling that he was going to kill people, according to officials familiar with the matter.

Sullivan said that after the man told the officer he had a weapon, he turned around and « ran aggressively toward the officer, and in a circular motion, pulled an object out of his clothing, » Sullivan said. The suspect then « ducked … like he was about to fire a gun, » before the officer shot the man once in the torso, he added.

There was no invasion of the White House complex and no one under Secret Service protection was in danger, Sullivan added. Authorities were still trying to determine the suspect’s motive and are investigating whether the man had a history of mental illness.


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