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Preliminary Statement on Critical Incident

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U.S. Secret Service Media Relations
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WASHINGTON, DC - Shortly before 8:00 a.m., Secret Service Uniformed Division police officers responded to the diplomatic residence of the Peruvian Embassy for a report of a burglary in progress.  Upon arrival, officers encountered a subject armed with a long metal pole. Despite numerous commands for the subject to drop the weapon and the repeated use of an electronic control device (Taser) to subdue him, the subject continued to charge toward the officers with his weapon. Officers then shot the subject, and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

In accordance with 18 USC 3056A, the U.S. Secret Service Uniformed Division protects foreign diplomatic missions located in the metropolitan area of the District of Columbia. The Secret Service Uniformed Division currently ensures protection at over 500 diplomatic locations.