Video footage of a man with a gun being shot by Secret Service at a White House gate last month has been released.
The footage shows 31-year-old Jesse A. Olivieri, of Ashland, PA, approaching a White House gate armed with a handgun.
Agents of the Secret Service continually tell Olivieri to drop the gun, which was pointed at the ground. He refused the order. When he reached a security barrier, an agent opened fire, shooting him one time in the stomach.
Olivieri immediately buckled over and fell to the ground. Apparently, he told one agent that, “I came here to shoot people.” Paramedics were called and Olivieri was treated for the wound.
He appeared in court this week to answer for his crime. His lawyer asked the judge for Olivieri to be placed under house arrest as he has never pointed a gun at anyone before in his life.
The judge denied the request.
“I do find that Mr. Olivieri is a danger both to himself and the community,” said U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey of the District. “This is a serious crime, a crime of violence involving law enforcement officers whose job it is to protect the perimeter of the White House.”
Olivieri, who has received psychiatric treatment in the past, is now on medication. He will remain in custody and face charges for resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, which can carry a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.