Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Department of Homeland Security employee with top-secret clearance was planning an attack at the agency’s Washington headquarters when he entered the building with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray and handcuffs.
Court documents filed by the federal government allege employee Jonathan Wienke carried the weapons into the building in his backpack on the morning of June 9. The documents state that the government has probable cause to believe Wienke may have been “planning to commit violence against senior DHS officials in the building.”
Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, said Wienke was charged June 10 with carrying a pistol without a license and the case remains under investigation. Wienke could not be reached for comment.
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