White House Fence Jumper Killed After Courthouse Attack

26 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Alleged White House Intruder Fatally Shot After Courthouse Knife Attack.

A man who allegedly scaled a White House perimeter wall in March was shot and killed today after slashing a sheriff’s deputy inside a Pennsylvania courthouse, CNN reports. Curtis Smith, 34 years old, walked into the lobby of the Chester County Justice Center in West Chester, Pa., at about 11 a.m., pulled out a knife and started slashing at a deputy, Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. From WCAU: Smith was set to face burglary, assault and harassment charges at a preliminary hearing—that has been continued multiple times—in October stemming from a May domestic assault arrest, according to court records. Hannah said his client was supposed to obtain counseling before the next hearing and that’s why Smith went to the courthouse Tuesday. “He had no terrorist claim or anything like that,” he said. According to The Washington Post, court documents say Smith “left [his] home of origin and drove to [the] White House to pass a message to the president.”

Hogan praised the quick response by the officers. “Unfortunately, because of incidents like this across the nation, we’ve learned how to deal with an attack at the courthouse,” he said. He was charged with unlawful entry and was one of three men arrested within a 24-hour span for illegally entering White House property, the Secret Service said at the time.

Smith worked as a truck driver for AmeriGas, a propane company where he had been employed for 12 years, according to a presentencing report in that case, Mr. Smith had no prior convictions, and the case in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia was scheduled to be dismissed at a court hearing in early October, as long as he met certain requirements, including staying away from the White House during the six-month period, Mr.

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