Man Shot by Secret Service Facing Federal Charge

Footage from May 20 shows Jesse Olivieri with a gun his right hand by his side, ignoring officers' warnings to stop

The Pennsylvania man who was shot by the Secret Service as he walked towards the White House holding a gun is now facing a federal charge, according to court documents.

Federal prosecutors have charged Jesse Olivieri, 31, of Ashland, Pennsylvania, with resisting or impeding certain officers or employees with a dangerous weapon, a federal offense carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. 

The charge supersedes a police complaint.

Surveillance footage from May 20 shows Olivieri walking towards the south entrance of the White House with a gun on his right side. Officers ordered him to stop, but Olivieri ignored those commands. 

A Secret Service special officer shot Olivieri and his gun — identified in an affidavit as a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic — was kicked away from him. Officers surrounded him with their guns drawn, then begin rendering medical aid.

Before Olivieri was taken to George Washington University Hospital, a Secret Service officer asked him why he went to the White House. "I came here to shoot people," he replied, according to court documents.

A spent .22-caliber shell casing was found near a Camry on Constitution Avenue, and more ammunition was found in the car.

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The incident occurred within view of tourists outside the White House, near sidewalks crowded with families, school groups and government workers.

The White House was on lockdown for about an hour after the incident. President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time, but Vice President Joe Biden was inside the building, administration officials said.

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