United States President Joe Biden's Secret Service agent opened fire after attempts were made by people to break into one of its unmarked vehicles on Washington street.
The agents were assigned to protect Biden's granddaughter Naomi. According to reports, Naomi along with the agents were out in the Georgetown neighbourhood late Sunday night when the incident occurred.
According to officials, three people were trying to break the window of the parked SUV.
Later, Secret Service in a statement said one of the agents opened fire, but no one was struck by the gunfire. The people, who tried to break in, fled away in a red car. The local police was also alerted regarding the incident and a look out for the vehicle is underway, said officials.
“On Nov. 12 around 11:58 pm..., Secret Service agents encountered possibly three individuals breaking a window on a parked and unoccupied government vehicle," the presidential protection service agency's spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement posted to X (formerly Twitter).
Our preliminary statement on the weapon discharge following a break-in to a Secret Service vehicle. Two to Three possible suspects fled the scene in a vehicle and a regional bulletin has been issued to supporting units. @DCPoliceDept are investigating the incident. pic.twitter.com/lECykumT2s— Anthony Guglielmi (@SecretSvcSpox) November 13, 2023
Earlier, US Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas was carjacked near the Capitol last month by three armed assailants, who stole his car but didn't physically harm him, reported The Associated Press.
Police have reported more than 750 carjackings this year and more than 6,000 reports of stolen vehicles in the district.