(NewsGlobal.com)- Over the weekend, the US Secret Service revealed that the man who smashed the windows at the Washington DC residence of the Peruvian ambassador and was shot and killed by Secret Service officers was 19-year-old Gordon Casey of Germantown Maryland.
Last Wednesday, Casey allegedly attempted to break into the residence of Ambassador Oswaldo de Rivero shortly before 8:00 am. The ambassador and his family heard windows breaking and called the police to report a burglary in progress.
Secret Service officers arrived at the scene and found Casey in the backyard of the property.
According to DC Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee, Casey, who was armed with a metal stake, charged the Secret Service officers who attempted to subdue him using Tasers. But when the Tasers failed to stop him, the two officers opened fire. Gordon Casey was pronounced dead at the scene.
Contee told reporters that the two officers involved were taken to the hospital to be evaluated, adding that he didn’t know the extent of their injuries, only that the injuries were not life-threatening.
In an interview later in the day, Ambassador de Rivero said Casey had smashed the windows with a metal pole. Two embassy employees went outside and Casey attacked them while the ambassador shouted for someone to call the police.
The Secret Service, which is charged with protecting foreign diplomats in Washington, arrived within minutes. Ambassador de Rivero said he witnessed the encounter between Casey and Secret Service. He said when Casey charged at the officers, they attempted to subdue him with a stun gun, but he continued toward the officers, prompting them to shoot him, de Rivero said.
Chief Contee said Casey was not known to law enforcement and it wasn’t clear why he chose to attack the ambassador’s residence or if he even knew the residence belonged to the Peruvian ambassador.
In a statement on Wednesday, the Peruvian embassy said the incident is being investigated.