The man was shot dead by secret service after smashing windows at the residence of the Peruvian ambassador to Washington, DC, police said on Wednesday. Although many details of the shooting remain unclear, officials said it appears to be a single incident.
The shooting happened just before 8 a.m. after family members inside the residence heard windows being smashed and called police to report the theft, metropolitan police chief Robert Conti told reporters.
When U.S. Secret Service officers arrived at the scene, they found a man who smashed several windows in the backyard of a home, Conti said.
Conti said the suspect was armed with a “metal stake” and at one point approached the officers but did not give details. Police tried to stop the suspect with Tasers, but Tasers did not seem to affect him, Conti said. Two officers opened fire, and the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The ambassador and his wife were in the house at the time of the shooting but were unharmed, Conti said.
Conti described the suspect as an adult male aged 20-30. He said the suspect was not known to law enforcement, adding that it was not yet clear why he attacked the apartment building and whether he knew about the importance of the building.
“We don’t see such incidents here,” Conti said. “It’s quite unusual.”
Jake Rosen contributed to this report.