Texas man accused of pulling gun near White House

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 11:41am

A man suspected of pulling a pistol out of a holster near the White House on Tuesday told police "I was only going to fire a couple of shots if no one confronted me," according to court documents.

U.S. Secret Service officers arrested Christopher Wade Briggs, 31, of San Antonio, Texas.

Police say the pistol had a bullet in the chamber. An additional search of a backpack Briggs was carrying at Lafayette Park revealed 171 more rounds, plus two more ammunition magazines, according to documents.

The documents say Briggs was carrying two hunting knives, one with a blade a foot long. Police accused him of unlawful carrying of a pistol.

President Barack Obama was at the White House during the incident.

This isn't the first time someone has pulled a gun near the White House during President Barack Obama's tenure.

In fall 2011, police arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez after he fired multiple shots at the White House, with some bullets hitting the building. The first family wasn't home at the time and no one was hurt.


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